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When discovering a planets weather becomes a stereotype

Discussion in 'Open Chat' started by Tim, May 17, 2011.

  1. Tim

    Tim Creative Writer

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    Come on! It's not that bad here :)

    http://www.theregister.co.uk/2011/05/17/blighty_exoplanet/

    note for our international readers: "Blighty" is an affectionate name for the UK
     
  2. Tom

    Tom An Old Friend

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    As we gather more accurate observations of extrasolar planets we will revise our classification types to more and more accurate desriptions using Earthlike weather as =1.
    With Earth at 1.0
    Some planets will be .9990986
    Some might be 1.000986
    A 2.0 atmosphere might be twice that of Earth.

    I would be curious to know if a classification like that is adopted. First tho, I think we need to find more Earthlike atmospheres. Since the search is just beginning I think it may be sometime before we have enough observations to make such comparisons.
     
  3. Tom

    Tom An Old Friend

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    Technically, We are a Nitorgen Breathing lifeform. People think we are oxygen breathers because we need oxygen to survive but what we actually breathe is nitrogen with a mix of oxygen added in. We respire 3 times the amount of nitrogen as we do oxygen.
     

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