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Re: Planetary System Similar to Sol Discovered

In Article <> Sheep Defender wrote:
> In Article <9lh8h2$641$> Steve Holzworth wrote:
>> From the Washington Post:
>> Astronomers have found a planetary system remarkably similar
>> to the sun's - two planets traveling in circular orbits around
>> a star in the Big Dipper. The star is similar to the sun in
>> chemical composition, and astronomers say the circular paths
>> and sizes of the two planets hint at the presence of smaller,
>> Earth-like bodies in tighter orbits.
> Many small rocky planets may be similar to the Earth in age,
> size and composition, and many of them may be in favorable
> orbits around favorable stars, but I don't think we'll find
> an 'Earth-like' planet for many, many millennia.  Our planet
> collided with a large protoplanet 4 billion years ago, and the
> lucky timing and the specifics of that interaction probably
> made it unique in this galaxy!, at least in the ways which
> matter to the general public.

?!??!!??! We're unique?  Life cannot exist on other planets around other
suns, at least not in YOUR lifetime?  How far have we moved from "the
Earth is flat and the Sun and Universe revolve around ME ME ME (because
I'm special and unique)". For those who are not terrified at the thought
of NOT being unique, here's the scoup from ZetaTalk.

    Beyond approximate size, the life form may be carnivorous or
    vegetarian or if the planet is lush with watery nutrients even
    simply absorb nutrients through the skin as many single cell
    organisms do. They may have teeth or no teeth, eyes or no eyes or
    multiple eyes, skin that is dry and tough or covered with slim or
    oil, bones as an interior or exterior skeleton or no bones at all,
    able to generate their own sugars as do plants or be completely
    dependent upon food located and eaten, breathing through lungs or
    gills or absorbing air or water components through the skin,
    covered with feathers or fur or scales or without an outer
    garment. Life forms come in all shapes, and humans embracing the
    Awakening should be mentally and emotionally prepared to
    encounter them. Bear in mind that they think of the human form
    as strange, too.
        ZetaTalk™, Size and Shape

    The Earth is an example of the great number of sexual variations
    that can emerge. ... Thus, the additional variations that the
    Universe would present to man would not be that surprising. Size,
    shape, longevity of the coupling, and timing of mating or frequency
    of the routine are factors related to what the life form found was
    most successful during its evolution. ... Throughout the Universe,
    the most common size and shape arrangement is a similar size, due
    to the fact that most life forms are from water planets and
    conception occurs outside the body. ... Land creatures on Earth
    have emerged with the males aggressive and the females passive due
    in part to the number of carnivores on Earth. Males who exploded
    with rage when their territory was challenged and with great
    strength and resolve during the battle protected the females they
    had impregnated from becoming a meal, and thus passed their genes
    along. Throughout the Universe, aggression differences in the sexes
    most often tips towards the female being more aggressive, as she
    must snatch all available food for the eggs or young she is about
    to produce. ... On Earth, mating frequency is most often related to
    seasons, the young making the mad scramble to attain enough size to
    survive during the warm summer months. In life forms where the
    young are eliminated, frequency is almost constant, as with humans
    where the young are hairless and immobile. In other parts of the
    Universe, or on other planets with longer orbits, seasons would
    either not be a factor or long hibernation of the life form might
    ensue. There are life forms in the Universe that have sex only
    once, on average, during their life time and then produce a large
    number of offspring. On a planet with harsh living conditions,
    where tender young life had a narrow window of time in which to
    scramble toward adulthood, mating and rearing young becomes an
    intense focus, where all members of the life form do little else.
        ZetaTalk™, Sexual Variations