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Old October 23 2012, 04:03 PM   #17
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Re: Alpha Centauri Bb: For Real

newtype_alpha wrote: View Post
Since it can be safely assumed that almost every star in the milky way has at least one planet, we should focus our efforts on increasing our detection threshhold so that we can locate smaller objects in wider orbits, possibly allowing for planet searches around some of brighter/hotter/bigger stars with absurdly huge habitable zones (hell, maybe giant Betelgeuse has a couple of Earthlike planets in hundred-year orbits or spinning around a neptune-sized gas giant; I imagine that Europa and/or Titan would become pretty nice places to live during the Sun's red giant phase).
Only if they were to have atmospheres we could actually breathe by then...

Mind you, in 2-3 billion years, we should hopefully have gone elsewhere or evolved to some state where it wouldn't matter to us.
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