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When an astronomer says a far-off planetary system is like ours, what he means is that it is completely different. For example, see the recent press releases about the seven planet system KOI-135 (aka Kepler 90). This system has a planet the size of Jupiter in an orbit almost the same as our Earth’s. Since the star is a little bigger (and hotter) than the sun, the orbit takes less time,
A recent cartoon/poster on xkcd tries to estimate what the population of habitable zone planets in our stellar neighborhood looks like. Unfortunately, despite labeling the poster as “all habitable zone planets”, there are a couple of very important omissions. The center of the picture should look like this: When discussing the habitable zone, and how it applies to exoplanets, one needs
I give you this: Note that I don't have a horse in this race; I just wanted to arm all sides of the conflict with silly graphics.
Note the decreased sampling rate in year two due to decreasing novelty and increased travel.
Twenty years ago, in the early afternoon, I stomped up a small mountain in the cool Georgia autumn, and stopped walking. It had been a long walk, a bit over five months, and the trail I was walking on ended there. As I was twenty years old at the time, this was almost half a lifetime ago. When I started the Appalachian Trail, the main question in my mind was, “Can I get to the other end.”
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