Friday, 26 April 2013

Carl Sagan Dance Party #15

Pictured above is an artist's rendering of Keplar 62-e, an Earth-like planet (or Class M planet for you Vulcans), and one of two such satellites discovered last week by NASA in the Keplar 62 system, located an insignificant 1,200 light years away.  

Kyle Hill at Popular Science produced this handy profile about our new neighbour:

Length of year: 122 Days

Radius: 1.61 times that of Earth’s

Estimated maximum mass: 36 times that of Earth’s

Estimated minimum mass (based on a rocky composition): 4 times that of Earth’s

Number of birthdays a child born on Kepler-62e would have every five Earth years: 15

Percentage you'd have to add to your road trips to cover a proportional distance on Earth: 61 percent

Amount of G-force equivalent to prepare for: 1.5-14Gs

Ways to prepare:
•Ride a seriously scary roller coaster
•Take off in a Saturn V rocket
•Cover 0.25 miles over 4.4 seconds in a drag racer.
•Slam on the brakes in a Formula One car.
•Set the world record for speed in Olympic luge.
•Pull out of a dive in a F-16.
•Explosively eject from your seat in a fighter jet.

Automatic weight gain on Kepler-62e: 50 to 1300 percent

Amount of weight the average person can expect gravity to add: Between 90 pounds and two full-grown dairy cows

As noted by Hill, one must bear in mind that Keplar 62-e and 62-f are larger than our home world and that their compositions are yet undetermined.  Furthermore, while they both occupy the "goldilocks zone," the distance from a host star conducive to supporting organic life, it's grossly premature to conclude that we've encountered the breeding grounds for extraterrestrial life. The term Earth-like is at best relative.  

Regardless, I will go on record to unequivocally declare that this discovery warrants a Carl Sagan Dance Party!


The Megatrons - Rock the Planet, On Records, 1986

Discogs: Rock the Planet

Key-matic - Breakin in Space, Radar Records, 1984

Discogs: Breakin in Space

Rocker's Revenge - Rockin' on Sunshine, Streetwise, 1982

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