We’re In The Goldilocks zone

I thought this was an interesting article. I shortened it up for you to read below.

By SETH BORENSTEIN, AP Science Writer – Wed Sep 29, 7:19 pm ET

Astronomers say they have for the first time spotted a planet beyond our own in what is called the Goldilocks zone for life: Not too hot, not too cold. Just right.

“This is the first one I’m truly excited about,” said Penn State University’s Jim Kasting. He said this planet is a “pretty prime candidate” for harboring life.

But there are still many unanswered questions about this strange planet. It’s so close to its version of the sun that it orbits every 37 days. And it doesn’t rotate much, so one side is almost always bright, the other dark.

Temperatures can be as hot as 160 degrees or as frigid as 25 degrees below zero, but in between — in the land of constant sunrise — it would be “shirt-sleeve weather”.

Co-discoverer Steven Vogt, of the University of California at Santa Cruz, believes “that chances for life on this planet are 100 percent.”

The star, Gliese 581, can’t be seen without a telescope from Earth, Vogt said. But if you were standing on this new planet, you could easily see our sun.

The low-energy dwarf star will live on for billions of years, much longer than our sun, he said. And that just increases the likelihood of life developing on the planet, the discoverers said.

“It’s pretty hard to stop life once you give it the right conditions,” Vogt said.

Grounded due to weather

I kind of blew off posting yesterday. It was raining. It’s still raining, but that excuse is taken.

Really, there is just not much to post about. Woke up this morning, VERY stiff and sore. Took a shower, walked the dogs. Getting ready for my first sip of (Costa Rican) Coffee. . . .

Ahhhhh, very good coffee today, could be just a little better. . . but good.

Yesterday I saw a ship going by our house. I like it when I see ships at sea from the house.

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Zoom in on a zoom. The ship is actually below the horizon.
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The Chilean Miners are being trained for their escape, you can read about that here.

The grass in the yard is tall. It needs mowing. It hasn’t stopped raining. What do people do if they live somewhere it rains so much they can never mow their yard?

I’m not going to talk about my work situation.

That’s all for now. Over and out


Yesterday was very windy, and there were passing rainstorms. Today seems cooler and less breezy so far.
I’m drinking Costa Rican coffee in a Costa Rica cup, the only thing that could have made it better is if an actual Costa Rican had made the coffee, but she’s still sleeping.
Last night I turned the alarm off and slept all the way to 6:15 this morning, about.
Next weekend we’re going to Cayman Brac for the weekend.
I need to mow the yard. Not gonna happen-today.

I’m up

It was hard to get up this morning. The alarm is set for 4:44 AM, and I get up to study. I haven’t started studying yet though. I’m having a hard time getting ready.
The windows are closed and the AC is on. I went outside and saw a moonset. You see the sunset all the time, but you hardly ever see the moon set. You actually couldn’t see it hit the water, but the light under the clouds was pretty cool.
Yesterday after the wife got home from work we went to Cobalt Coast, she went in the pool and I went in the sea, I took some pics.
Squirrel Fish
Sunset from the water
Sea Fan closeup