“It’s all so familiar, yet I know I’ve never been here before. I feel so at home.”
"I 've been languishing in regrets. About not being able to say let’s go to the aquarium again, about being late for Christmas, about not having wished you happy birthday properly, about New Years’ Day, letting go of your hand… always, not been able to say what I really feel. I've hurt you numerous times, and made you cry so many times. It’s because…”
LOOK AT THESE DORKS OMF— DANCHOU LOOKS SO CUTE BUT MARY LOOKS EVEN CUTER—
“ What’s right from wrong? What’s good from evil? Nobody can truly distinguish between them. Even if there was a god. Now, supposing a god and his world existed, even then I’d stop and think for myself. I’d decide for myself whether his teachings are right or wrong. I put faith in my own convictions as to what I believe is right, and consider them to be righteous." - Near
"Just my luck, on the one day I happen to go outside for the first time in two years, I end up as a terrorist hostage."
Right now, 500 light years away from Earth, there’s a planet that looks a lot like our own. It is bathed in dim orangeish light, which at high noon is only as bright as the golden hour before sunset back home.
NASA scientists are calling the planet Kepler-186f, and it’s unlike anything they’ve found. The big news: Kepler-186f is the closest relative to the Earth that researchers have discovered.
It’s the first Earth-sized planet in the habitable zone of another star—the sweet spot between too-hot Mercury-like planets and too-cold Neptunes— and it is likely to give scientists their first real opportunity to seek life elsewhere in the universe. “It’s no longer in the realm of science fiction,” said Elisa Quintana, a researcher at the SETI Institute.
But if there is indeed life on Kepler-186f, it may not look like what we have here. Given the redder wavelengths of light on the planet, vegetation there would sprout in hues of yellow and orange instead of green.
Read more. [Image: NASA Ames/SETI Institute/JPL-Caltech]