Scientists Prove Science Is For The Terminally Insane

We have reported on this kind of scientific flushing-money-down-the-toilet so many times it’s a struggle to overcome the ennui.

Earth-like’ planet Kepler 78b discovered 400 light-years away

They have not discovered an “earth like” planet of course. What they have done is picked up some elecro – magnetic radiation, run it through there computer models, tweaked the data and come up with something they think will help them get their reseach grants renewed. Here’s what the report says:

“A “lava-world” orbiting 400-light years away has been discovered by scientists, who say the planet they have named Kepler 78b has a similar mass and density to Earth.

Kepler 78b is the smallest exoplanet with a known mass and size. Its orbit and mass was determined by analysing the light emitted from its star that was then blocked by the planet as it passed in front.

Scientists measuring the planets mass say it is approximately 1.2 times bigger than Earth, 1.7 times more massive, and has an almost identical density.

Like the Earth, scientists believe Kepler 78b mostly consists of rock and iron. Unlike earth, the planet hugs its parent star so closely that temperatures can reach up to 2,800C, ensuring that nothing could live on the scorching surface.

Although the planet is an uninhabitable “hellish world”, the authors of the study believe it “bodes well for the discovery and characterization of habitable planets.” (read all)

Now let’s have a little reality.

Scientists are once again creaming their knickers over a new and entirely pointless bit of space exploration via radio telescopes. Planet Kepler 87b, an earth like Planet that, even according to its discoverers, is not a bit like earth and is 400 light years away. A Light year is the distance travelled by light (at 186,000 per second) in one earth year. If we had a spacecraft capable of one tenth the speed of light (18,600 miles per second) it would take 4000 years to get to Kepler 87b. Our fastest spacecraft right now can reach ten miles per second with a following solar wind.

There is no fucking way we can get there and no way we could colonise it even if the thing exists, which is not guaranteed as the ‘evidence’ is a highly subjective interpretation of data.

Why are we giving research grants to the kind of idiots who think Star Trek was a documentary? If we were to see a scientific report proving all scientists involved in space exploration are money wasting fuckwits and should be banged up in secure units for the safety of themselves and our bank accounts, that would be something to celebrate.

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