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   Said the New York Times on its front page on Feb. 27, 2017″

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   “Not just one, but seven Earth-sized planets that could potentially harbor life have been identified orbiting a tiny star not too far away…”

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   What does this mean?

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   It means probably this:

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   (1)  First of all, it was probably a slow news day.

   (2)  It was not a photograph; rather it was a “rendering,”  Something an artist dreamed up rather than a photograph.

   (3)  Yet something had been found.

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   To continue the quote above:

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“…offering the first realistic opportunity to search for signs of alien life outside the solar solar system.

   “The planets orbit a dwarf star named Trappist-1, about 40 light-years, or 235 trillion miles [235, 000,000 000,000]. That is quite close in cosmic terms, and by happy accident, the orientations of the orbits of the seven planets allows them to be studied in great detail.

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   ” ‘This is the first time so many planets of this kind are found around the same star,’ Michael Gillan, an astronomer at the University of Liege in Belgium and the leader of an international team that has been observing Trappist-1, said during a telephone news conference organized by the journal Nature which published the findings on Wednesday [Feb. 22].

   “Scientists could even discover compelling evidence of aliens…”

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Etc, etc….

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   A bit of a reach here, in our view. So many “Goldilocks conditions” have to be “just so.” On the basis of what was said in the NYT, much, much, much more evidence needs to be obtained.

   But, of course, stay tuned.

[Happy Birthday tomorrow, Ethan.]