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February 5, 2015

Think About It: Astral Plain

I like science. I think it is an incredible thing, and I'm the first to admit that I don't understand a lot about it. Physics, chemistry, astronomy… hard to grasp.  A lot of times science provides us with fascinating data and statistics. Just last week, word came forth from the Keck Observatory on Mauna Kea that three planets about the size of earth had been found way, way out there. How far out, you ask? Oh, just 150-light years, or 870-trillion miles away. So the good news is, I guess, we apparently know that there might be a planet out there in the hazy edges of the galaxy that might have the capacity to possibly be a home for water.

And of course, if the planet can sustain water, then undoubtedly it's got a Starbucks on it. I'm not sure what we can do with this information, but I know that we won't be visiting any time soon, unless we can use the transport machine from "Star Trek" or Mr. Peabody. But that fact won't stop journals from writing articles about this supposed discovery, I assume. Scientific discoveries are fascinating, and do make a difference, so it's nice to see local success stories. And it would be nice to find water out there a little bit closer to home, as that will be Earth's next battleground after the oil wars end someday.

Construction has begun, despite protests, on the $1.4-billion Thirty Meter Telescope (or TMT) atop Mauna Kea. According to the Extreme Tech website, when TMT is operational in perhaps 2022, it "will give astronomers a tool powerful enough to do long term studies on dark matter, supermassive black holes, and galactic formation." That's great, I think. Let's hope it provides some hope and answers for the earthbound minions in the decades beyond. Think about it…

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