New Planet With 4 Stars Is the Hottest News of the Day (PHOTO)


Hoo boy, everyone. All of these daily stories about global warming, war, pollution, and the general destruction of this fine planet sometimes just makes me wish we'd find another planet we could all go live on. Or at least one that the nice people could go live on, you know?

But lookee here! It seems a couple of amateur astronomers, part of the Yale University-led Planet Hunters project, were thinking the same damn thing, because they found a new planet! It's a little, um, far away, and a little, um, HOT, but hey ... maybe we could work around these things, no? The planet, with the uncatchy name of PH-1 (seriously, we'll have to work on that), is pretty cool. Listen up, cause maybe you want to think about relocating ...

The newly discovered planet PH-1 is about 5,000 light years away from Earth. One light year is six trillion miles. So multiply that by 5,000. I dare you. Anyhoo, it takes about 17,500 years to reach a planet that is one light year away, so it would take, um, well, a tad longer to reach one 5,000 light years away. So I guess we won't be moving there, but maybe it's something the kiddies would enjoy?

That said, PH is a lot bigger than Earth. Which is good, cause we are totally running out of room (thanks China and India!). It's six times our radius or about half the diameter of Jupiter. But if you're not much for the heat, this planet probably won't entice you. It's 800 degrees Fahrenheit year round! Damn, your AC bills would be OUTRAGEOUS!

However, there'd be some perks to living on PH. For one, the view! The planet is has four stars. One is bluish and brighter than our sun. One is cooler, fainter, and more red. And then there are two more red stars much like our sun. Imagine seeing that every day! You'd need so many pairs of sunglasses.

So, who could live on this planet? Jokes aside, it sounds pretty inhospitable to humans. Not to mention that it's probably a gas planet, which means there's nothing to stand on. So if there's any life there, it'd have to be like some kind of flying desert animal that subsists on gaseous fumes. I'm thinking anything that lived on Tatooine has a decent shot.

Do you think there's alien life out there? Will we find it in our lifetime?

Image via Giguere/Yale

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nonmember avatar Mike M

There is indeed alien life in the Universe. Several species are here, though most of them want us to obtain more knowledge and respect for life (most aliens we [when I say "we" I mean those who actively seek out knowledge about aliens and are open to the information they receive, yet careful to weed out the misinformation that is also present] know of are much more advanced and respectful of life than we are - they don't cause any kind of harm to others, for example, and often live for 700-900 years or so in their physical bodies) on our own rather than make themselves known to us.

Pleiadians are the species of aliens that most often interact with those of us who want to interact with them (and the souls of some of them have reincarnated into some of us as they have similar bodies to ours because some of our DNA came from them and others like them - which [our modified DNA] is part of the reason why we are so much different from all of the other primates), and some information about them can be found online or in books. (Lyssa Royal has published books which contain decent information about many aliens.)

MissC... MissCatalina

I noticed the bloggers here try to make a mockery of any science/engineering/technology related news when they have NO idea wtf they're talking about. This may be written worse than the post about Felix Baumgartener. If you're not sure why the planet was named PH-1, why did you bother mentioning it? And since when do stars rotate planets? Wtf.

kelti... kelticmom

If you clearly know NOTHING about astronomy,astro physics, or even basic science, why the hell do you keep writing sarcastic articles about it? The space jump article was a disgrace, as is this.

kelti... kelticmom

Oh and by the way, two of those "stars" are actually twin suns, around which the planet and two other stars orbit. Four stars do not orbit around a planet. Planets are not stationary. Please check your facts bf writing.

MissC... MissCatalina

I read the article provided, it says nothing about four stars being responsible for rotating a planet. How is that even possible? Orbiting is not the same as rotating...

Hana Vaverková

Myslím a tajně doufám, že tam někde daleko je inteligentní život. A jednou se tyto civilizace setkají, věřím, že v dobrém! Pokud ne, raději nepokoušet. Ale kdo to ví dopředu,že? Tak asi proto u mě vedou upíří a dosažitelné tajemno. To stejně jako mě láka lidstvo odpradávna, nejsem vyjímka. Tak pokračujme .......!!!

MissC... MissCatalina

Now the planet "is has four stars". Don't edit the article to your commenters' liking, leave it the way you originally had it. If your writing is poor let us criticize it, that way you can write a better article next time.

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