Soaring rate of new planet discoveries
Michio Kaku weighs in
- Duration 2:46
- Date Jan 12, 2012
Michio Kaku weighs in
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Looking up into the night sky might never feel the same again thanks to NASA's super high tech planet hunting telescope.
We're getting a look at the universe like never before.
Among the discovery is even more real life versions of Luke Skywalker is home planet as portrayed in Star Wars worlds that actually see.
Two sons rise and set every day.
There's even evidence of conditions that could sustain life.
Mean -- O'Connor who is professor of physics at City University of New York -- what.
-- that long ago that we kicked -- Pluto out of our solar system.
And we are down a planet but now they're finding planets everywhere it's scenes that's that we are all wash in planet is this is a game changer 70700.
Planets have been discovered.
Every few days astronomers say bingo bingo bingo and we find yet another planet in space and these are obviously not in our solar system there orbiting other stars they are many hundreds of light years away so we're not -- to visit -- port maybe a few million years however -- a game changer because the holy Grail of all this.
Is to find a carbon copy of the current.
Among that 700.
So far we found three that look very close to the art but they look -- too big with the too close of another star but this year.
This year we may actually say bingo and get an exact carbon copy of the earth.
In space all right but even if you find that as you said these things are so far away I mean the universe is a monstrous place.
Where are going to be visiting them anytime soon.
The Saturn rocket traveling at 25000 miles per hour would require a few 100000 years to reach some of these planets however.
Perhaps we can eavesdrop on some radio signals perhaps I Love Lucy from other states mean it to beaver -- -- will be able to capture that.
Without TV -- -- I'd love to see the sitcoms they're watching out there.
And to -- planets that actually have two sons.
This is right -- -- Star Wars we have -- of all shapes sizes and temperatures including the planet's of science fiction.
Is Star Wars title we went around a double -- system we've always thought that that to be unstable but the there it is a planet going on a double started system.
Just the way George Lucas predicted it.
In Star Wars so you would have the same kind of thing we have with the sun and the moon I mean rising and setting it to different time that's -- who -- this -- to rice twice and set twice.
And day night cycles will be completely thrown -- -- I would hate to do the tide charts on that planet that would be.
Really mess you can imagine commuting I think if it.
Daylight twice and -- -- -- it's a great great story interesting place universe needs your country thanks for bringing us some insight.