Big Announcement from NASA

From my son's camera. Used with permission.
@akalinus (14612)
United States
February 22, 2017 11:32am CST
Tonight at 6 pm, NASA is supposed to make a big announcement about a discovery from beyond our galaxy. What do you think it could be? Did they find life? Civilisations? Water? I want to know what you think now and what you think after the announcement.
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@JolietJake (49872)
• United States
22 Feb 17
Dammit...my cloaking shield must have failed...I was trying not to let anyone know about my ship
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@akalinus (14612)
• United States
22 Feb 17
I alwlays suspected it was you.
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@Corbin5 (99843)
• United States
22 Feb 17
I am going with the finding of water on some far off planet that was thought to not have water. Will be exciting to learn what has been discovered.
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@akalinus (14612)
• United States
22 Feb 17
They have had big announcements in the past and they were disappointing. Hope this one is different. I know there is water other places, they have reasons to believe that.
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@LadyDuck (147094)
• Switzerland
22 Feb 17
I have read the news a few minutes ago, I know that many wealthy people would love to move to a new planet, it will be interesting to know more.
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@akalinus (14612)
• United States
22 Feb 17
It would be nice to get out of here if it is something better. Sometimes, I wish I could catch a rocket ship off of the planet.
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@LadyDuck (147094)
• Switzerland
23 Feb 17
@akalinus I would do the same if I could. This planet is no more a friendly planet.
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@akalinus (14612)
• United States
24 Feb 17
@LadyDuck Maybe there is hope for future generations to go somewhere else and start over.
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@louievill (18114)
• Philippines
22 Feb 17
I did a little reading and research, think it's about exoplanets or planets that revolve around other stars similar ours that revolves around the Sun. My guess is only as good as yours and the rest.
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@akalinus (14612)
• United States
22 Feb 17
I can't wait to find out. But, I have a feeling it won't mean much. Hope I am wrong.
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@louievill (18114)
• Philippines
22 Feb 17
@akalinus I'll just keep my fingers crossed and wait what it is, I don't want it to be significant but something that might be harmful in the future.
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@akalinus (14612)
• United States
22 Feb 17
@louievill Nobody really knows what is out there.
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@topffer (33181)
• France
22 Feb 17
I read that they discovered 7 new exoplanets with the size of the Earth around a small star at 40 light years from here. 3 might have water. It is not something very new, I started a discussion about it last year. My guess is that the NASA needs money.
It is a cool dwarf star in the inner-suburbs of our solar system : it is only at 40 light years from us, a bit far for a car, but very close for a...
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@akalinus (14612)
• United States
22 Feb 17
I knew about the earth size planets and water. I wrote an article about it several years ago when I was writing for Yahoo Voices. If that is their announcement, they are a few years late.
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@topffer (33181)
• France
22 Feb 17
@akalinus It is this. There is a NASA press release available.
NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has revealed the first known system of seven Earth-size planets around a single star. Three of these planets are firmly located in the habitable zone, the area around the parent star where a rocky planet is most likely to hav
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• Peoria, Arizona
22 Feb 17
I am thinking water or a form of life that is maybe trees or something, that would be interesting or perhaps a volcano.
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@akalinus (14612)
• United States
22 Feb 17
It would be exciting if they found life in a form we can recognize. Trees would be wonderful.
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@pgntwo (21551)
• Derry, Northern Ireland
22 Feb 17
They detected them by watching the light from the dwarf star around which they orbit dim and brighten as each planet passed between its sun and us. All 40 years ago, too, remember - 40 light years away.
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• Peoria, Arizona
22 Feb 17
@akalinus It would be so cool to see other forms of life
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@FayeHazel (16464)
• United States
22 Feb 17
Oh wow, I didn't even know about that, I'm guessing it'll be something like water, if it were life or civilizations I think it would be on all of the news stations
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@akalinus (14612)
• United States
22 Feb 17
We only have a few hours to wait to find out what it is.
• Preston, England
22 Feb 17
sounds exciting - hope the announcement lives up to the promise
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@akalinus (14612)
• United States
22 Feb 17
Me too. I hate it when there is a lot of hype and then I find out it is something we already know. Hope this one is different.
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@pgntwo (21551)
• Derry, Northern Ireland
22 Feb 17
I heard it would take 700,000 years to get from here to there using today's most advanced rocket technology. And we are seeing what was there 40years ago, now I think about it. Stunning news is that the planets are well-illuminated, like a spotlight compared to the shadows that astronomers often have to work with... Edit - news report says the light from the star around which they orbit is actually quite weak. Oh well. They hope to study them for the next 10 years.
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@akalinus (14612)
• United States
22 Feb 17
Okay! That is something to think about. I would think they would travel through wormholes or time warps or whatever. Hmm, do I sense a story developing?
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@pgntwo (21551)
• Derry, Northern Ireland
22 Feb 17
@akalinus Yes, if the residents there, if any, don't have a way to get here faster...
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@akalinus (14612)
• United States
22 Feb 17
@pgntwo They might have something to say about someone invading their planet. They might not like it at all.
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@spiderdust (5788)
• San Jose, California
22 Feb 17
I think any NASA announcement is pretty exciting! I'm looking forward to learning more about the exoplanets.
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@akalinus (14612)
• United States
22 Feb 17
Yes, I do too. I wonder why it is coming so late in the day. Maybe it will be a big shock.
• San Jose, California
22 Feb 17
@akalinus Apparently they're only 40 light years away! This is a lot closer than I expected.
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@akalinus (14612)
• United States
22 Feb 17
@spiderdust It is still quite a hike.
@BelleStarr (36961)
• Portland, Connecticut
23 Feb 17
It was an exciting announcement, I think that it is a little presumptuous of us to assume we are the only life in the universe but who knows, I guess creationists would say it is impossible, I prefer to think that God has a very large vision.
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@akalinus (14612)
• United States
24 Feb 17
It was exciting. I agree that we are not the only life in the universe. We should not put a limit on what God can do.
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• United States
22 Feb 17
I did hear about that, some newly discovered planets, possibly another solar system? Very exciting.
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@akalinus (14612)
• United States
22 Feb 17
Yes, I hope it is more than that, though. I heard about other planets long ago.
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• Philippines
22 Feb 17
They've been lying the whole time. Of course there's UFO's and other civilizations out there. Were not the only ones out there giving the fact there's tons of Galaxies in our universe and starts in our own galaxy. They're just not into revealing it.
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@akalinus (14612)
• United States
22 Feb 17
I have heard for years that they would disclose this information. They never do. I don't believe that earth has the only life in the universe. It is probably teeming with others. They are probably looking at the earth and wondering if there is intelligent life there. I wonder.
@youless (90152)
• Guangzhou, China
23 Feb 17
I don't know what they found. I hope it would be something that could really surprise us
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@akalinus (14612)
• United States
24 Feb 17
They found seven earth size planets circling the same sun. Three or four of them are in a zone that make them compatible with earth. I knew there were earth friendly planets years ago.
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@youless (90152)
• Guangzhou, China
25 Feb 17
@akalinus I watched that news later from TV. And it is still so far away from the earth. If some of us will move there, then perhaps it will spend many generations
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@youless (90152)
• Guangzhou, China
25 Feb 17
@akalinus I watched that news later from TV. If some of us will move there, it will spend many generations since it is so far away from the earth
@allknowing (61602)
• India
23 Feb 17
Announcements may come and announcements may go but all that has not changed the world any which way
@akalinus (14612)
• United States
24 Feb 17
You are absolutely right. I was hoping that they found life elsewhere in the universe. That would change things.
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@allknowing (61602)
• India
25 Feb 17
@akalinus So much about the moon. but that has not affected us in any way
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@akalinus (14612)
• United States
25 Feb 17
@allknowing That's true.
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