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Teen Skepchick’s Reality Checks 4.2

The Search for a Goldilocks Planet edition

Habitable planets may not need a Sun-like star. “But sun-like stars may not be the only game in town, as far as habitability is concerned. In a study in the April 20 issue of The Astrophysical Journal Letters, astronomer Eric Agol of the University of Washington in Seattle raises the point that habitable exoplanets could also be found orbiting compact stellar remnants known as white dwarfs, which are plentiful in the universe. And if habitable worlds do exist around white dwarfs, Agol notes, it would be possible to detect them with modest-size telescopes on Earth, whereas finding Earth-like planets around sun-like stars requires a space-based telescope like Kepler, which cost NASA $600 million.” (via Scientific American)

Stunning photos of the destruction at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant. (via Cryptome)

The Welsh get the morning after pill for free. (via BBC)

Jesus on a pizza. The Second Coming has never been tastier. (via News.com)

Photo credit: NASA

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1 Comment

  1. April 3, 2011 at 7:59 pm —

    I think the pizza looks more like the Phantom of the Opera than Jesus.

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