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Young, Single Planet Looking for Love

Posted: Thu Oct 10, 2013 2:51 pm
by Varda
Something both humorous and unexpectedly poignant about this little dude:
"It has all the characteristics of young planets found around other stars, but it is drifting out there all alone. I had often wondered if such solitary objects exist, and now we know they do."

Re: Young, Single Planet Looking for Love

Posted: Thu Oct 10, 2013 3:26 pm
by strawman
:shock:
Mommy, where do baby planets come from?

Time for a little Windex on our lens, maybe?
Or better yet, a floater!

Re: Young, Single Planet Looking for Love

Posted: Thu Oct 10, 2013 3:30 pm
by Varda
Or time to launch eHarmonic Motion. Bringing lonely planets together circa 2013!

Re: Young, Single Planet Looking for Love

Posted: Thu Oct 10, 2013 4:11 pm
by strawman
So, I assume it rotates, and is not an intergalactic knuckleball, like so many loners?

Re: Young, Single Planet Looking for Love

Posted: Thu Oct 10, 2013 7:31 pm
by Varda
Why don't we go find out? It's only 80 light years away!

Re: Young, Single Planet Looking for Love

Posted: Thu Oct 10, 2013 8:08 pm
by strawman
I'd hate to make that trip only to realize we could have gotten our answer by going either to the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy in Germany (4,869 miles from Athens) or University of Hawaii at Manoa (4,737 miles from Athens).

All the way home, I'd be thinking, "I could be sitting on the beach drinking from a pineapple... but noooo, Varda says 'Let's go see. Only 80 light years.'"

Your impetuous nature is gonna get you one of these days, my friend.

Re: Young, Single Planet Looking for Love

Posted: Thu Oct 10, 2013 9:39 pm
by Varda
strawman wrote: Your impetuous nature is gonna get you one of these days, my friend.
You're right, you're right. It's gonna get me... into space! :D Where's your sense of adventure? Don't trust my space ship-building abilities? You can bring a drink in a pineapple as long as you use the cup holders.

Well, if you're not up for a road trip, we can always hope the lonely planet comes our way. Maybe it'll exchange a few messages with Earth, bond over their common love for yoga pants and the Bee Gees, and one day Earth will invite it over for coffee and a Walking Dead marathon.

Then again, maybe that's too creepy, what with their age difference. Earth has kids older than this planet. :shock:

Re: Young, Single Planet Looking for Love

Posted: Thu Oct 10, 2013 9:42 pm
by Algernon Sydney is Dead
strawman wrote:All the way home, I'd be thinking, "I could be sitting on the beach drinking from a pineapple... but noooo, Varda says 'Let's go see. Only 80 light years.'"
I wouldn't worry about that. Long before you got there (and back), your corpse would be helping us gather valuable scientific and engineering data.

While we obviously can't predict what will fail and kill you, won't it be worth it to die knowing that you're helping to design better life support and shielding techniques? I think that is a small price for you to pay, and quite an honor.

And, don't worry that I'm not doing my part. I'll be busy clamoring for more "volunteers" to help "science".

Re: Young, Single Planet Looking for Love

Posted: Fri Oct 11, 2013 12:10 am
by Varda
I think someone's just jealous that he didn't get invited on this trip. :P

I think we'll make it there no problem. My plan is to bring all my favorite YouTube commenters. That kind of hate'll get us there and back again before anyone ever knew we were gone.