The ultimate secession
From Reuters, yesterday...
— Earthlike planets covered with deep oceans that could harbor life may be found in as many as a third of solar systems discovered outside of our own, WASHINGTON researchers said on Thursday. U.S.
These solar systems feature gas giants known as “Hot Jupiters,” which orbit extremely close to their parent stars — even closer than Mercury to our sun,
researcher Sean Raymond said. Universityof Colorado
The close-orbiting gassy planets may help encourage the formations of smaller, rocky, Earthlike planets, they reported in the journal Science.
“We now think there is a new class of ocean-covered, and possibly habitable, planets in solar systems unlike our own,” Raymond said in a statement. ...
“I think there are definitely habitable planets out there,” Raymond said. “But any life on these planets could be very different from our. There are a lot of evolutionary steps in between the formation of such planets in other systems and the presence of life forms looking back at us.”
As many as 40 percent of the 200 or so known planets around other stars are Hot Jupiters, the researchers said.
So let's start working at getting off this friggin' rock! Spaceward, ho!