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AN ambitious project to catalogue every habitable planet has discovered seven worlds inside the Milky Way that could possibly harbour life.

Marking its first anniversary, the Habitable Exoplanets Catalog said it had far exceeded its expectation of adding one or two new planets this year in its search for a new earth.

In recent years scientists from the Puerto Rico-based Planetary Habitability Laboratory that runs the catalogue have sharpened their techniques for finding new planets outside our solar system.

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The only issue I have with this is that these planets, in quite a few instances, are lightyears away - meaning anything could have happened to these planets a few million years ago and we'd have no clue. For all we know, some of these planets could have been the victim of collateral damage from a nearby star going nova 500 years ago and we wouldn't know until it's too late.

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Yeah, it's more like looking for where life might have been years ago.

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The only issue I have with this is that these planets, in quite a few instances, are lightyears away - meaning anything could have happened to these planets a few million years ago and we'd have no clue. For all we know, some of these planets could have been the victim of collateral damage from a nearby star going nova 500 years ago and we wouldn't know until it's too late.

You are correct, but the latest string theory is that Scientists beleive that light may travel at different speeds. In the earlier Universe they say light speed may of been much faster than as we know it today.

In our day of age, it is impossible to reach one of these planets, but in the future, who knows.

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The only issue I have with this is that these planets, in quite a few instances, are lightyears away - meaning anything could have happened to these planets a few million years ago and we'd have no clue. For all we know, some of these planets could have been the victim of collateral damage from a nearby star going nova 500 years ago and we wouldn't know until it's too late.

Yes, but you're stretching it out. Most of these exo planets are in our own back yard in the grand scheme of things. No farther than a few thousand light years.

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Given that homo sapiens is never likely to perfect interstellar travel, we might as well look up at the night sky and say, with a high degree of certainty, that there are several billion galaxies which most probably harbour life.

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Yeah, it's more like looking for where life might have been years ago.

Ah, but if you can make the leap across Space, therefore Time, then you can get there from here. ;)

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