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!

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!

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