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It seems we have found a potentially habitable planet orbiting a very (in space terms) nearby star and that's got scientists buzzing.
Proxima Centauri is the closest star to our own and although it's categorised as a red dwarf, scientists have announced that one of the planets orbiting it could have the right conditions to support life.
Sitting in "the Goldilocks zone" (not to hot, not too cold), the planet, it is possible, although not probable, that this rock already contains life, or may do so at some stage in the future.
Although many other potentially life-bearing planets have been discovered of late, the thing that makes this find different is that it's just 4.2 light years (1.3 parsecs) away. To put that in perspective, it is reachable by craft from earth in as little as 20 years.
Yes, people have been complaining about the lack of forums for months now so I finally got off my chuff and finished the transition to the new server and the commissioning of the new forums.Unfortunately you will have to re-register, it just wasn't practical to transition the IDs from the old server -- although the old stuff will be maintained in a "read-only" capacity for some time to come.
So, if you want to "have your say" then register at the new forums using the magic word Aardvarkroxs when asked for it.
Take a moment to introduce yourself to the rest of the Aardvark community and pretty shortly I'll be expanding the number of forums to encompass a number of areas that are regularly discussed on this site.
The contact form is not yet working (got to rejig the CGI scripts) but if anyone wants to email me they can send their communications to editor at this domain or PM me via the forums.
Oh yes, if anyone wants a bit of a plug then the sponsorship space is now up for grabs. Until someone is prepared to offer a donation for the use of this space, I'm happy to offer a free plug to anyone who wants to send me a suitable 150x150 graphic and link.
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