DailyDirt: Exoplanets Everywhere!

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There are about 700 confirmed exoplanets that astronomers have indirectly observed. The Kepler Space Telescope has gathered a vast amount of data, and it suggests that there are probably planets orbiting nearly every star. Now that we know about all these planets, it's fun to speculate about how much life could exist on them. So here are just a few links for those of you who want to know where our alien neighbors might be. If you'd like to read more awesome and interesting stuff, check out this unrelated (but not entirely random!) Techdirt post.

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    Wally (profile), 20 Dec 2012 @ 6:26pm

    "Tau Ceti is a star system just 12 light years away that seems to have similar characteristics to our solar system. Astronomers are guessing that there may be 5 rocky planets in orbit around Tau Ceti, and that star is about twice as old as our Sun, so there would have been plenty of time for life to arise (but also to perish)."

    Well, currently the P'for have control over the Tau Ceti system...lets hope certain laws of computing and Einstein's theory of relativity hold true. If we do make it there, let us hope the ships AI functions don't go rampant in the process.

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