First new poem in quite a while- This time, a tribute to one of the star systems known to have planets around them- And first known to have a terrestrial-type world in the habitable zone of any other star than our own Sun: Gliese 581, aka HO Librae. (Hey, I'm a Libra! This star is in my zodiac sign! :D )
We don't really know what's on these worlds, yet- Our search for exosolar worlds, while only less than 2 decades old, is still in its infancy, and we have yet to get down to Earth-mass planets within habitable zones-- Gliese 581 d, the third-discovered of four known planets, and the furthest out, with the approximate distance from its host star equal to that of Mercury from our Sun, is about 7 Earth masses, have a potential gravity about twice that of Earth's, and has the best chance for free, flowing water of any exoplanet, of the 500 exoplanets known as of this writing. (If you have an iPod touch or iPhone, get the free app "Exoplanets"- A bit heady, but not disappointing, if you're as interested as I for the search of these new worlds!)
Imagine standing on this world-- I could see my mousie, Amy, doing so, although a bit bewildered as to how she got there! :)
This is to always say "Dare to Dream!"
8 years, 1 month ago
29 Nov 2010 09:01 CET
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