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An Earth-like alien planet may reside right in our solar system's backyard, just 13 light-years or so away, astronomers announced today (Feb. 6).

That number is just an estimate, though, and not based on an exoplanet discovery.

The researchers used data from NASA's prolific planet-hunting Kepler space telescope, which is staring at more than 150,000 stars simultaneously. Kepler detects planets by measuring the temporary brightness dips caused when the worlds pass in front of, or transit, their stars' faces from the instrument's perspective.

The team pulled out a sample of 3,897 red dwarfs

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If ET phones home today, his long distance charge might not be as much as people believed when Steven Spielberg's classic film came out three decades ago.

That's because recent data from NASA's Kepler space telescope suggests that billions of Earth-like planets are much closer than ever before imagined.

"The information we presented today will excite the general public because we now know that the nearest potentially Earth-like world is likely within 13 light years of the sun," astronomer Courtney Dressing said in an email to The Huffington Post.

"Astronomically speaking, 13 light years is practically next door."

While we don't know if intelligent life exists on any of these planets, it raises the chances of that possibility.

But I understand, any scientist that even thinks intelligent life exists anywhere else in this universe loses all credibility. Still an interesting read tho.

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Honestly, I'd be worried if there weren't "aliens" as Sci-Fi has portrayed them. It would either mean we're the first beings in the universe which means we'd die out eventually or we're the last and the universe itself will just cease to exist.

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Honestly, I'd be worried if there weren't "aliens" as Sci-Fi has portrayed them. It would either mean we're the first beings in the universe which means we'd die out eventually or we're the last and the universe itself will just cease to exist.

Either way, we could all disappear tomorrow and the Universe would go on just fine.

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But I understand, any scientist that even thinks intelligent life exists anywhere else in this universe loses all credibility. Still an interesting read tho.

I think you have that backwards. Any scientist that doesn't think there is intelligent life elsewhere loses all credibility. It's not a question of "if", it's a question of "where".

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I think you have that backwards. Any scientist that doesn't think there is intelligent life elsewhere loses all credibility. It's not a question of "if", it's a question of "where".

Definitely has it backwards. Statistically, there HAS to be extra-terrestrial life. Whether it's intelligent or not remains to be seen, but there's a significant positive possibility that there is, somewhere.

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Honestly, I'd be worried if there weren't "aliens" as Sci-Fi has portrayed them. It would either mean we're the first beings in the universe which means we'd die out eventually or we're the last and the universe itself will just cease to exist.

We'll never truly know the fate of the universe but one possible scenario is a big crunch (opposite of the big bang) and another big bang. As for aliens, chances are microbial life would be abundant in the universe on planets that contain water in liquid form. Of course, that's assuming there's nothing to prevent life from being spontaneously created like radiation.

13 light years may seem close to a scientist but it's still 1.23 x 1014 km. That's a huge distance. Assuming a probe, like Voyager 1, travels at 17 km/s (61,200 km/h), it would take 229,258 years for it to reach the nearest Earth-like planet.

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I think you have that backwards. Any scientist that doesn't think there is intelligent life elsewhere loses all credibility. It's not a question of "if", it's a question of "where".

Definitely has it backwards. Statistically, there HAS to be extra-terrestrial life. Whether it's intelligent or not remains to be seen, but there's a significant positive possibility that there is, somewhere.

I love you both. I've just dealt with so many people on here that think I'm a nut because I believe in like elsewhere. Glad to see that there are other rational people that understand the statistical impossibility that we are the only ones.

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13 light years may seem close to a scientist but it's still 1.23 x 1014 km. That's a huge distance. Assuming a probe, like Voyager 1, travels at 17 km/s (61,200 km/h), it would take 229,258 years for it to reach the nearest Earth-like planet.

Meh. We'll figure out shortcuts eventually. We're humans dammit! We're smart and getting smarter! All we have to do is stay alive long enough to work it out!

I love you both. I've just dealt with so many people on here that think I'm a nut because I believe in like elsewhere. Glad to see that there are other rational people that understand the statistical impossibility that we are the only ones.

Fear not. You are not alone! :) (Though I cannot guarantee you're not a nut! After all. I'm clearly nuttier than a Snickers bar. ;) )

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But I understand, any scientist that even thinks intelligent life exists anywhere else in this universe loses all credibility. Still an interesting read tho.

No just the ones that claim they flew billions of miles from another star system... and crashlanded in America.

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Honestly, I'd be worried if there weren't "aliens" as Sci-Fi has portrayed them. It would either mean we're the first beings in the universe which means we'd die out eventually or we're the last and the universe itself will just cease to exist.

Q: What is your favorite fact about the Universe?

A: That is will never end. That it's on a one way trip of expansion. Something that many find to be philosophically unsettling. My view is that if your philosophy is not unsettled daily then you are blind to all the universe has to offer.

-Neil deGrasse Tyson

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No just the ones that claim they flew billions of miles from another star system... and crashlanded in America.

Sure ... :rolleyes:

What make you think that they ''flew'' here ? That would take more than a life time to get here.

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13 light years may seem close to a scientist but it's still 1.23 x 1014 km. That's a huge distance. Assuming a probe, like Voyager 1, travels at 17 km/s (61,200 km/h), it would take 229,258 years for it to reach the nearest Earth-like planet.

Yes but Voyager 1 was launched when? Helios 2 traveled at a speed of around 241,350 km/h. We are only getting faster. If we get to 50% of the speed of light, its a 26 year trip.
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I'd imagine there'd have to be at least that many planets similar.

One thing people do seem to not think about when it comes to life on other planets,

just cuz we couldn't live there, doesn't mean some other species can't.

Earth's space program is a joke, we can hardly get to the moon let alone anywhere else.

So moving to another planet in my lifetime isn't going to happen.

Personally I think the earth will be gone long before we'd even be able to get anywhere.

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I believe that there WAS life (not totally like ours) everywhere at one point, but due to a universe wide war/uprising/destruction, it was ended and/or moved to other planes of existence.

There are way too many similar stories backing that in civilization (from cultures that are so far removed and not in contact) for that to be a coincidence - or even campfire stories passed by a passerby one night.

The universe is pretty inhospitable as far as the eye (telescope) can see, which is a good way for scientists to always point to some FARRRR off place and say, it COULD be there. Well heck, I suppose nearly anything could happen at some place and time.

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But I understand, any scientist that even thinks intelligent life exists anywhere else in this universe loses all credibility. Still an interesting read tho.

What on Earth gave you that idea?

I love you both. I've just dealt with so many people on here that think I'm a nut because I believe in like elsewhere. Glad to see that there are other rational people that understand the statistical impossibility that we are the only ones.

I don't think anyone considers you a nut for simply believing in life elsewhere. Though Some folks may consider you a nut for all the UFO stories you eat up... & get upset when others desregard them

It's quite remarkable how much you misrepresent yourself here.

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No just the ones that claim they flew billions of miles from another star system... and crashlanded in America.

I probably shouldn't do this but...

How old is the nearest Earth like planet? I don't know either. The point is, have you ever considered that maybe a planet exists that is way more advanced than we are? Say they had a 4 billion year head start, still think that kinda travel is impossible? We talk about the possibilities of worm hole travel, who says they haven't figured it out? Just asking...

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I probably shouldn't do this but...

How old is the nearest Earth like planet? I don't know either. The point is, have you ever considered that maybe a planet exists that is way more advanced than we are? Say they had a 4 billion year head start, still think that kinda travel is impossible? We talk about the possibilities of worm hole travel, who says they haven't figured it out? Just asking...

I for one am not sure I'd want to see a race that was advanced enough for a trip like that - 4 billion years ago. If that race hasn't died off by some incident, then zomg the technology they would NOW have.

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But I understand, any scientist that even thinks intelligent life exists anywhere else in this universe loses all credibility. Still an interesting read tho.

Many very credible scientists out there think life exists beyond Earth, no credible scientist will say that we have evidence of that life, huge difference.

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What on Earth gave you that idea?

I don't think anyone considers you a nut for simply believing in life elsewhere. Though Some folks may consider you a nut for all the UFO stories you eat up... & get upset when others desregard them

It's quite remarkable how much you misrepresent yourself here.

What's funny is, I don't misrepresent myself at all. People are just way too quick to judge and ridicule. I don't eat up every UFO story so we can skip past that. The only UFO stories I have ever taken seriously are ones that can't be easily dismissed. Now if intelligent life exists and have visited planet Earth before which many people believe, how did they get here? Anything I post up has merit but as I said too many are too quick to ridicule and judge without any grounds for their attacks. When I do post about UFO's I post quotes from credible sources. Maybe I AM crazy because I don't understand how any rational person can't grasp something so simple.

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Many very credible scientists out there think life exists beyond Earth, no credible scientist will say that we have evidence of that life, huge difference.

Let's use me as an example, I never at any point said I have evidence that life exists, I said I'm sure it exists this article agrees with me, there is a good chance. Due to the billions or Earth Like Planets intelligent life probably exists somewhere in this universe. How is that any different than what I was saying? If I had physical evidence I would have presented it. When I present anything like this it's ridiculed quickly without merit. 6 days ago, this was posted on Huffpost. It seems more and more and more that the experts are agreeing with me. But you don't have to, I can't force you to.

To the first poster I quoted I can't edit so I'll say this. I don't get upset about someone disagreeing with me, I get frustrated that rational people can't grasp the awesomeness of this universe and the mysteries that are undiscovered. It must suck to not have any wonder and just believe that the most we will ever find are rocks and maybe microbes. Call me crazy, it's okay. I'm comfortable with it.

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Maybe I AM crazy because I don't understand how any rational person can't grasp something so simple.

^ Rational people take 'logic' to extremes, and only follow the pronouncements of Science. ;)

They are just as fanatical about science as Catholics were once fanatical about religion.

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I for one am not sure I'd want to see a race that was advanced enough for a trip like that - 4 billion years ago. If that race hasn't died off by some incident, then zomg the technology they would NOW have.

Yeah you never know what they might have if they are that far advanced. But if they survived this long, they must be peaceful, right?

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^ Most are peaceful, tho not all.

You have to keep in mind the ability to 'Time travel'.

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