Four years ago, I nearly came out of my skin with excitement about “GL 581c“, the second planet from the star (“a”), which is the GL, which stands for Gliese, the name of the astronomer who discovered it. So, the star—or sun—is Gliese. I do not know what the 581 stands for. Matrix number, most likely.
But now they have found an even more likely “earth”—and, to say the very least, this is a huge development. It is called “GL 581g” (I like the “g” part), meaning it is sixth from the sun’s “a” status. While it is in our galaxy, it is not so far that we could not find it.
Furthermore, it is well within range of the earth’s temperature and appears to have possibly all the other features that planets need to support water and, thus—though the greatest mystery—an atmosphere. Estimated at about 20 light years, it is relatively close. A couple of centuries from now and we’ll be opening up “Gliese Seeds and Plants”.
I made another lame joke about the previous planet last time. Now I feel foolish. This one looks very promising. It is not often that NASA issues a report so encouraging. It is inconceivable. This is not a science fiction movie, but an actual planet very likely to have life on it. The creatures? I actually don’t care much for the thought of new animals or humans. Somehow I have little interest in the possibility of them. If there was ever a case in favor of “social media”, interplanetary communication would be it.
Although I would like to try the seafood.
Needless to say, I cannot wait to see the plants.