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We all deserve a break. Pack your bags. Four Earth-like worlds found around nearby Tau Ceti

We've found Ceti Alpha... what?!

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"there's a good chance that the exoplanets are continuously battered by asteroids and comets"

Let's hope that doesn't cause one of the planets to explode. That khan shift the orbits of the others.

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Game designer Pete Cooke knew about this 30 years ago!

Anyone else remember playing Tau Ceti the game on an 8 bit back in the 1980's?

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Re: Game designer Pete Cooke knew about this 30 years ago!

I remember coming out of a firefight with no compass or scanner to navigate by. Knowing there was a jump pad to the west, I just drove into the sunset.

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Re: Game designer Pete Cooke knew about this 30 years ago!

Yup.

Shame about the sequel, though.

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Packing bags now....

Try and keep this NEWS from Trump and his miserable cronies.

There's just gotta be an escape.

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Re: Packing bags now....

NO!!!! You have it wrong. Pack his and all his cronies bags and let's toss in a few from the Brits. They deserve a break also.

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Re: Packing bags now....

It would probably appeal to 17million Brits - depending on what they find, they would have complete control over their own destiny, no immigrants, the opportunity for free trade agreements with all the other planets in the system. What's not to like? Start building that B Ark now.

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Ummmm

Tau Ceti, a Sun-like star just 12 million light-years away.

12 light-years not 12 million

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Re: Ummmm

A better measure of distance would be AU and T-Ceti is about 794 000 AU away and remember the Voyager probes launched many years ago have travelled 40 AU

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Goodness me they're moving quickly! In the three hours since you posted that Voyager1 has moved out to 138AU!

Either that or we're playing the quote-random-numbers game ;)

https://www.jpl.nasa.gov/voyager/mission/status/

To be fair 40 vs 138 c.f. 794000 (a number I have not checked) is about equal

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Re: Ummmm

Yes, but Vger is old technology - now we can power our vehicles with renewable electricity, which is much faster. Just needs a very long wire...

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"the distance between the Sun and Pluto ranges between 30-40 AU"

I thought the Voyager probes were a lot farther than that.

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Doh - accidentally introduced during the edit. It's fixed. Don't forget to email corrections@theregister.com if you spot a problem.

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What do you mean we can't bring our cat? What are we going to do for videos to send back to earth?

#TauCetiMaoNow!

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No, the cat is probably fine; humans, however, are likely to be considered an invasive species.

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One cat is fine, just make sure it's not pregnant. We know what cats evolve into during long space voyages

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@Eddy Ito

So that's why Ripley went back to rescue Jonesy.

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@Pen-y-gors

It's cold outside...

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The high-energy impacts could destroy the delicate chemical processes needed to kickstart life.

Or alternatively, be providing the impetus to start it. Though what develops may need rather impatient chromosomes...

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12 ly not 12 million

Which is what makes the news much more interesting and relevant, since we are arguably within reach of technologies that could get us there - space arks, generation ships etc.

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Re: 12 ly not 12 million

we are arguably within reach of technologies that could get us there - space arks, generation ships etc.

Well, if not us, the descendants of the 'us' that board the things centuries earlier or the possibly brain damaged remnants of humanity that crawl out of the cryo tubes and start to eating each other...

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Colonization dilemma

If it's inhabitable, it probably is inhabited.

Do we want to repeat Africa, Asia, Australia, North America, South America again?

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Re: Colonization dilemma

If we can get to them then they can get to us.

I, for one....

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Re: Colonization dilemma

If any of those planets are inhabited then the chances of them being at a comparable level of development as ourselves are astronomical. Either they are so far behind they are to us animals, or they are so far ahead as to make US the primitives. The only chance that we are comparably developed is if technological advancement stalls at a certain point and we are already very close to that point. Which would be a depressing thought.

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Re: Colonization dilemma

@harmony

as to make US the primitives

Europeans have been saying that about USians for years...

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Re: Colonization dilemma

I think I'd rather live on the same planet as amoebae and primitive plants, than share one with Trump.

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Re: Colonization dilemma

Of course we do. How else will we find nice new holiday destinations? Lying on a beach under twin suns for a fortnight drinking exotic cocktails served by the local life-forms is so much nicer than Bognor in the rain.

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Re: Colonization dilemma

Even a weekend in Slough is so much nicer than Bognor in the rain.

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Re: Colonization dilemma

Let's not get silly now!

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Re: comparable level of development

So it's acceptable to stomp over less developed worlds?

No, I don't think so. Unethical. Let's treat this world properly first.

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Less than 14% of people here consume 75%+ of resources. (Mostly USA, yet one of the biggest rich-poor divides in G20).

Plastics pollution in ocean.

Hormone and Antibiotics.

Habitat destruction.

Species extinction.

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Re: Colonization dilemma

they are so far behind they are to us animals

- Which, generally, has been our mindset when establishing our brand of civilisation on places far from home her on earth.

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How else will we find nice new holiday destinations?

- Give it five years and it'll be cheaper than Tenerife - last I looked it worked out cheaper to holiday on the other side of the planet than nip down to the southern edge of Europe for a bit of Sun.

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Re: Colonization dilemma

I'm rather worried about the californication dilemma.

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Re: comparable level of development

And lets not forget the inevitable Tau Ceti War of Independance, followed by the Tau Ceti Civil War. Marvellous opportunities to sell arms.

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Re: Colonization dilemma

There was a story a few months ago of a guy who works in Central London, near City Airport, its actually cheaper and quicker for him to live in Spain, and every morning goes: taxi to spanish airport, fly the City Airport, taxi to work from City airport, than it is to live anywhere in the UK and commute.

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Tau Ceti is 12 light years away form us not 12 million.

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Lifeability

Looking at our neighborhood, it seems there's a major condition for a planet to host life: a magnetic field strong enough to deflect solar winds. When we'll be able to measure such magnetic fields on distant planets we can start to pack our bags.

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Re: Lifeability

That's only relevant for natural evolution - if you're willing to become a proper, mine-dwelling gem-seeking (and my axe!) Professional Dwarf you're free to move in with or without magnets...

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Re: Lifeability

Somewhere out there, there's a life-form that evolved in an environment heavy with solar winds looking at an Earth-like planet and thinking: 'but with a strong magnetosphere deflecting the solar radiation, life probably never got started'.

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Re: Lifeability

Isn't the problem with solar winds on planets without magnetospheres to slowly lose their atmosphere as opposed to giving everybody radiation induced superpowers?

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Re: Lifeability

If iron is typical in material present to build planets from, and if what we think we know about planet formation is correct,then there is a good chance that rocky planets will have a molten iron core that is spinning - so a magnetic field is probably more common than not.

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I bet they dont have a cricket team that can beat the Australians, though.

Mind you, neither do we..............

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Men are from Tau Ceti F and women Are from Tau Ceti E

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"Men are from Tau Ceti F and women Are from Tau Ceti E"

Please don't tell Google.

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'Just' that far!

If you mean by saying "just 12 light-years away" is equal to 12 x (9.46 trillion kilometers in vacuum) then yes! it's "just" that away. If astronomers says this being behind such far distance then how many many years it would take them to create such technology to travel at much faster speed than light of travel.

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It wouldnt matter. Once they have created faster than light travel, they can travel back in time to the point they started to invent it, so that it only takes seconds.

You need to watch more Sci-fi movies.

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What an astonishingly sensitive technique.

Reading the sunlight frequency shift depending on wheather the planet is "going away" or "coming toward" you.

Sadly all the paper has is that none of them is > 4 x M(earth) which is still pretty tough.

But the level it has to be improved to clearly sets a plan for future work.

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Taucetacean Hope Association

Don't worry - they're too busy fighting each other to come over and conquer us:

Fear In A Tau Ceti Refugee Camp

http://pandora.nla.gov.au/pan/10063/20151204-0207/www.antisf.com.au/the-stories/fear-in-a-tau-ceti-refugee-camp.html

In fact, it seems rather like certain parts of this planet at this time.

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Light speed or lack of it......

A bit of simple googling and some wiki stuff reveals 1 LY = roughly 20,000 years at todays speeds.

Launched in 1977 Voyager One is now at a light distance of 17 hours and 24 minutes. PP

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