Humor: New “Super-Earths” Discovered

How much would you weigh?From this article: Astronomers find ‘super-Earths’

RESEARCHERS today said they discovered a batch of three “super-Earths” orbiting a nearby star, and two other solar systems with small planets as well.

They said their findings, presented at a conference in France, suggest that Earth-like planets may be very common.

Source of Picture:

…The trio of planets orbit a star slightly less massive than our Sun, 42 light-years away towards the southern Doradus and Pictor constellations.

A light-year is the distance light can travel in one year at a speed of 300,000km per second – or about 9.5 trillion kilometres.    

The planets are bigger than Earth – one is 4.2 times the mass, one is 6.7 times and the third is 9.4 times.

So, if man were to figure out how to travel at the speed of light, it would still take 42 years to get there, which would mean that a host of newborns would need to be rocketed into space hoping that a significant portion of them survived the trip. Can you imagine growing up not knowing anything other than life on a spaceship? You would be taught by your predecessors that your job, upon arrival at this new “earth”, is to build a spaceport landing station so that others could follow and harvest the oil off of this planet to feed the oil monster back on “Earth 1.0”. Yikes… (Is there Oil? is the caption under the picture on the aritlce site)

Of course, they would also have to be on some sort of massive workout system as the gravity on the new earths discovered would be anywhere from 4.2 to almost 10 times that of the gravity on “Earth 1.0”.

The following clip is taken from: Your Weight on Other Worlds

As stated above, your weight is a measure of the pull of gravity between you and the body you are standing on. This force of gravity depends on a few things. First, it depends on your mass and the mass of the planet you are standing on. If you double your mass, gravity pulls on you twice as hard. If the planet you are standing on is twice as massive, gravity also pulls on you twice as hard.

So, it got me thinking… how much do we weigh on other planets? To figure it out, just multiply your weight by the following numbers:

mars .379
uranus .903
mercury .378
jupiter 2.529
neptune 1.096
venus .905
saturn 1.066
pluto .069

Or, you can go here, and it will calculate it for you automatically. So based on that… What planet would you like to live on? I personally like Uranus. Gee… that doesn’t sound very good when I read it out loud.


One Response

  1. I like these “what-if” stories. But why move the oil – it would be cheaper to move all the people 😛

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