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Thursday, July 30, 2015

@NASA discovers Kepler-452b in the Constellation Cygnus - Why the Fermi Paradox means To Kepler-452 from Earth with Love a bad idea

At long last, we've found yet another planet that suggests that we're not alone!

Trust me, it's not enough that we're making plans to visit Mars, reality TV style as reported in my blog article entitled “@MIT Study on Mars One - Why Staying Alive for 68 Days Eating Vegetables means Oxygen has a License to Kill”.

Now, NASA (National Aeronautical Space Administration) has announced on Thursday July 23rd 2015 that they’ve found yet another Earth like planet.

This is the planet Kepler-452b, located 1,400 Light Years away in the constellation Cygnus a reported in the article “NASA: This planet is the closest thing to Earth yet”, published July 23, 2015 by Eric Mack, CNET News.  

The discovery was made by NASA scientists as they sifted through the tons of Data that had been retrieved from the Kepler Space Telescope.  In addition to the discovery of Kepler-452b, which is the first planet from the star Kepler-452, they also announced twelve (12) new exoplanets that have almost the same size and consistence as our Earth.

Of these twelve (12), nine (9) of them orbit stars that are similar to our Sun, NASA is yet to confirm these stars and their exoplanets. So far, Kepler-452b has what it takes to support life:

1.      Right Size planet made of Rock based on its location
2.      Right distance from its Sun, in the “Goldilocks Zone”
3.      Right type of Star putting out the same level of radiation

So what did the NASA scientists find that has them so excited? Potentially Earth 2.0

NASA discovers Kepler-452b in the Constellation Cygnus – Tickets to Kepler-452b, please

Kepler-452b is located 1,400 Light Years away in the Constellation Cygnus.

Already there are tickets available to make the trip on the Chinese website Taobao costing a mere US$0.03 as reported in the article “Tickets to Earth 'cousin' Kepler-452b now on sale”, published  July 30, 2015 by Eric Mack, CNET News.

All this hoopla reminds me of NASA's discovery of the exoplanet Kepler-186f orbiting an M dwarf Star Kepler-186 in the Constellation Cygnus on Thursday April 17th 2014 as reported in my blog article entitled “@NASA discovers Earth-like exoplanet Kepler-186f in the Constellation Cygnus - 500 light years is  awfully far distance to buy beachfront property”.

It's been twenty (20) years since the discovery of the first exoplanet 51 Pegasi b. of the 4,660 stars with possible planets found, only 1,029 have been confirmed over this time as having a planet. 

Kepler-452b is the 12th known habitable exoplanet and is special as it’s the most Earth-like discovered so far. Truly, this exoplanet may harbour intelligent life, being as it's a lot like home.

There are many other notables such as Gliese 832 c that orbits the Red Dwarf Star Gliese 832 some 16.1 Light years away in the in the Constellation Grus as reported in my blog article entitled “Dr. Robert Wittenmyer Team discovers Gliese 832 c – Supersize my Exoplanet Please with a Serving of Super-Venus”.

Based on the analysis of the Kepler space Telescope Data, Kepler-452b, being the second planet from its sun Kepler-452, is most likely a rocky planet like out Earth.

Kepler-452b is Earth 2.0 – Home Sweet home but with a Stronger Gravity

It's about 60% bigger than the Earth, making its gravity a little strong then what we're used to on Earth. Its orbit around the sun Kepler-452 is eerily similar to Earth.

It makes a complete orbit every 385 days, just twenty (20) days longer than Earth 365 days as reported in the article “NASA Has Discovered a Planet That Seems a Lot Like Earth”, published July 23, 2015 by Eric Roston, Bloomberg News

It's in the right location from its sun Kepler-452, making it possible that it has liquid water on its surface. Thus life is possible, albeit it might still have active volcanoes like our Earth, but with a slightly thicker atmosphere due to its stronger gravity.

The life on the planet may be very advanced but short and stocky and very muscular, being as they've had a 1.5 billion year head start on Earth under such a strong gravitational force.

It's sun Kepler-452, being 1.5 billion years older than our Sun which is about 6 billion years, puts out the same amount of light and has the same surface temperature and mass based on Infrared spectroscopy.

This suggests it may have a more violent past but mellowed over time, resulting in its first planet having a chance to develope life due to its evolutionary head start.

So how advanced would they be?

And does it make sense contacting them as Professor Stephen Hawking is hell-bent on doing as noted in the article “Stephen Hawking launches $100m search for alien life beyond solar system”, published Tuesday 21 July 2015, by Ian Sample, The UK Guardian?

To Kepler-452 from Earth with Love - Why the Fermi Paradox means contacting isn't a good idea

So why not send a message to them?

Well, it they're very advanced, they might not take kindly to being hailed and that’s even if they can understand our messages. If they do, they may just come and annihilate us, albeit the Fermi Paradox both supports this idea and then rules it out.

Plus at 1,400 Light Years, we just don't have the Technology to even say hello, let alone set up a colony or invade their territory. Heck, they may have even left the planet or died out a long time ago as the light we’re seeing is from the past, with a lag time of 1,400 years.

Worse, they may be a super species, uninterested in contact and exploration and existing in a state of suspended animation powered by a Dyson Sphere.

Still, it helps to know that potentially, we're not alone! Awaiting more News from NASA on the other nine (9) candidates from the Kepler System that might harbour life!

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