Not so alone as we thought

The implications of this are just surreal.  There could be Earth-like planets out there, and a great number of them to boot!

http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/kepler-space-telescope-finds-earth-size-potentially-habitable-planets-are-common/2013/11/04/49d782b4-4555-11e3-bf0c-cebf37c6f484_story.html

For a science fiction fan like myself, there’s so many tantalizing questions–are they empty and ready for colonization, like in Asimov’s Foundation universe? Or are they populated with a large variety of intelligent species, worlds imagined in the Star Trek and Star Wars universes, among others.

The Post seems to be behind the news a bit, though. Bad Astronomer writes with the same kind of giddy excitement I’m feeling, but from 2011!

http://www.slate.com/blogs/bad_astronomy/2011/02/02/motherlode_of_potential_planets_found_more_than_1200_alien_worlds.html

Between this and the hunt for chronofacts, I’m pretty sure I can hear my synapses sizzling.

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