Super-Earth Discovery Could Mean There's a Super-You, Too (VIDEO)

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super earthRemember that movie Another Earth? It was in theatres maybe a year ago or so, and it was about the discovery of this duplicate planet in our solar system  called Earth 2 which was populated with duplicate people living parallel lives? (Or something like that. I didn't actually see the movie, but I remember the commercials.) Anyway, guess what? Scientists just discovered ... another Earth. Except this one's not in our solar system and they're calling it a "Super Earth" because it's seven times the mass of this Earth, but it still "orbits its parent star at roughly the same distance as Earth does from the sun." And THAT means it could have similarly habitable conditions to our home planet! Meaning ... duplicate people living parallel lives?

Well, maybe. This Super-Earth gets only about two-thirds the amount of sunlight our Earth gets, but it has a day/night cycle much like ours and astronomers are pretty sure it has water, too. So it's very, very, very possible that just 42 light years away ... in the constellation Pictor ... one of 8 planets orbiting a sun-like star known as HD 40307 is fully populated with ... life. Of some kind. Maybe nothing like the life forms we have here, maybe exactly like the life forms we have here. Either way, the discovery is a monumental one, to be sure. Inspiring and awesome and humbling and just really cool. But I have to say, if there are duplicate people on that exoplanet? I hope they're not living parallel lives. I hope they're living way better lives, so they can tell us how to do the same thing.

What kind of life do you hope exists on the newly discovered Super Earth?

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Roxygurl Roxygurl

It would not surprise me in the least to find out there are other 'earths' out there.

tuffy... tuffymama

A very devoutly religious older relative told me years ago there is proof in the bible of other worlds. I wonder? Hm. We're so messed up, it would make sense to me that God would wanna make better. LOL.

Angie... AngieHayes

I watched that movie, it was good.

kelti... kelticmom

You really need to research "parallel universes" before writing about them. If there were a "duplicate Earth" with "people living parallel lives", it would be in a different dimension than ours, in a different space/time contiuem. Between this, the Space Jump article and the article about the earth like planet with two suns, I am inclined to think the Stir should just stop trying to comment on scientific discoveries/achievements.

kelti... kelticmom

Not trying to be mean, but articles like these and the ones I mentioned above irritate me bc they perpetuate the idea that women can't understand science and need a man to explain it to them.

power... powertothekids

at the most im sure its bacterial life or close to that

nonmember avatar Rachel

That planet better watch out. Once we're done ravaging this one, we're probably going to make a play for that one.

lovec... lovechild419

Wow Jacqueline,it would be so cool if they could get the answers in our lifetime...really thought provoking and interesting stuff here:)

MENSA... MENSAmamma

It's interesting, this presumes that any other life form would require the same conditions that earth has.  What's to say that all life forms require the same temperature as us, sunlight, or even water?  They may not neccesarily be composed of any elements we're familiar with or have discovered.  Maybe they'd require temps at 100 degrees below freezing, zero sunlight, and breath mensasoxide?


Anyhow, I'm no expert, I'm sure scientists have good reason to search for planets similar to ours.

MissC... MissCatalina

I couldn't agree with you more, kelticmom. I literally cringe when I read these articles because the writers make themselves sound like children when it comes to anything STEM related. This article was one big facepalm. Finding a planet with habitable conditions similar ours doesn't mean there is a parallel universe. How can there be another universe ON a planet? I mean really. Just...no.

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