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The New Earth That Wasn’t

Posted by Thunder Pig on April 26, 2007

Scientists have recently announced the discovery of an earthlike planet orbiting around Gliese 581, and I wondered what a few of my favorite astrometric sites had to add to the story.

Sol Station

Al Fin has a satirical piece offering more hope for the future than I currently have in my heart.

ISDB [Internet Stellar Database]

and for the non-geeks, there is Wikipedia.

What does all the jargon mean? Is it really earthlike?

Here is the money quote from the Sol Station HO Librae page:

The more Earth-like planet “c” has at least 5.03 Earth-masses (or 0.0158 Jupiter-masses) and an estimated diameter of at least 1.5 times Earth’s if it is rocky, larger if it is composed of mostly ice. It moves around Gliese 581 — outside of planet b’s orbit — at an average distance of 0.073 AU, in a circular orbit (e=0.28 ± 0.06) which it completes in 12.932 (± 0.007) days. Located within the so-called habitable zone of Gliese 581 (which may be centered around 0.11 AUs from the star), the planet may have a mean temperature between -3 and over 40 degrees Celsius (27 and 104+ degrees Fahrenheit) with water on its surface, depending on whether the planet has a Venus- or an Earth-like albedo.

The data above means no. Not habitable the way we think about it. The planet is close enough to the star to be tidally locked, one side forever facing Gliese 581 as it races nearly 40 mps in it’s orbit.
Also, the star is a UV Ceti Flare Star, so it is subject to violent flares and changes in luminosity over time. Not a good place to be without solar armor.
It is exciting, though, that our ability to detect smaller and smaller planets is getting better. I would love to see an observatory built on the farside of the moon before I die, but I am beginning to seriously doubt that, as there are indications that the Luddites are going to win, and we will slide into barbarism for a few millenia before we get another run at leaving the earth. Oh well, it was fun while it lasted.

Can you tell that astronomy and physics were my first, best path? Becoming an astrophysist is quite an expensive proposition…so I went to work after High School.

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Al Gore’s Army

Posted by Thunder Pig on April 26, 2007

NASHVILLE — The stocky man with the soft Southern accent rivets the hotel ballroom crowd with his plea: “We are in a time of peril, so please allow me to explain a topic that has overwhelming importance in my life.”

Meet, no, not Al Gore, but Gary Dunham, 71, a grandfather from Texas who was the first of 1,000 Americans Gore trained to deliver his Oscar-winning An Inconvenient Truth slide show to schools, Rotary clubs and nursing homes around the nation.

Two weeks ago, the last 150 of this hand-picked crew arrived here — paying their own way for everything but food — to go through a two-day seminar starring Gore but effectively led by Dunham and a few other graduates of the former vice president’s global-warming boot camp.

To date, The Climate Project has drawn everyone from Wal-Mart workers to Cameron Diaz. And though the 1,000 mark has been reached, “we keep hearing whispers that (Gore) might do more,” project director Jenny Clad says. “I wouldn’t call this final.”

Two inarguable truths leap out from the 48 hours.

One, Gore’s status officially has changed from defeated presidential candidate to quasi-rock star.

At a group night out at B.B. King’s, a nightclub off Music Row, Gore and his wife, Tipper, are barely left alone with their brisket and collard greens, served in such modest portions that the faithful chatter about a diet and thus a presidential run.

When Gore does invite the crowd over to say hello, he’s besieged. Later, when he’s giving the trainees their final pep talk, the normally noisy ballroom is so quiet you can hear the hum of the air conditioner. If An Inconvenient Truth portrayed Gore as a lonely eco-warrior, he now has a willing army.


I think maybe I scrapped my answer to “an inconvenient truth” too soon, as no one has directly answered the blatant lies told in that film answering each lie with the truth.

Part of his scheme is beginning to fall apart, the Carbon Offset Program has been exposed:

The growing political salience of environmental politics has sparked a “green gold rush”, which has seen a dramatic expansion in the number of businesses offering both companies and individuals the chance to go “carbon neutral”, offsetting their own energy use by buying carbon credits that cancel out their contribution to global warming.

The burgeoning regulated market for carbon credits is expected to more than double in size to about $68.2bn by 2010, with the unregulated voluntary sector rising to $4bn in the same period.

The FT investigation found:

■ Widespread instances of people and organisations buying worthless credits that do not yield any reductions in carbon emissions.

■ Industrial companies profiting from doing very little – or from gaining carbon credits on the basis of efficiency gains from which they have already benefited substantially.

■ Brokers providing services of questionable or no value.

■ A shortage of verification, making it difficult for buyers to assess the true value of carbon credits.

■ Companies and individuals being charged over the odds for the private purchase of European Union carbon permits that have plummeted in value because they do not result in emissions cuts.

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A Preview of Moonbattery For 2008

Posted by Thunder Pig on April 26, 2007

In my first look at Moonbattery, we observe the reactions of the humorless to MIchelle Malkin’s Cheerleading Parody at Gateway Pundit.
For those who haven’t seen the video yet, scroll down to my previous post.

And, if you need more proof that Moonbats are humorless, check out this FReeper thread about the original LA Times piece, then this one on their reaction to the Rush Parody, “Barack, the Magic Negro” there are links there to a You Tube smashup someone posted. I have a pristine stereo copy someone thoughtfully sent me I’ll have to consider working something up with. Hmmm… Claymation anyone?

Then, Bill Whittle takes on Moonbattery with logic. His next installment will take down the CAGW meme that has nourished the Dems for so long.

Last, but not least, here is a peace-loving Moonbat unhinged by Bush Derangement Syndrome.

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