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A new planet discovered via the Hubble space telescope in 2009 is now reputed to be largely composed of water:
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montag451 Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I heard of this new planet on the news a couple of days ago, Kate and sure would be great if one day we couldn't go out there and explore such venues!!:-)
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MrJmZack Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2012  Professional General Artist
I wonder what sort of forms life could take on a world like that: they would be fundamentally similar in composition but differ vastly in form I'd imagine… We know that even here, Life can take on all sorts of shapes, sizes and functions even in the direst of conditions.

Great find, Mararda
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TheSPunk3d Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sounds interesting....I Might create it to add to my collection of planets! Muhahaha! :D
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Mararda Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2012   Traditional Artist
Lol! :D
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Mararda Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012   Traditional Artist
It is indeed very weird! Also, interesting about the Ocean, because apparently the surface of the Moon has been documented to a greater extent than that has!
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012  Professional Filmographer
I read about that earlier today. I guess it's got an enormous amount of water, but at extremely high temperature and pressure. It sounds like the atmosphere would be hotter than steam, and the water is so deep it would take on bizarre properties due to the intense pressure down deep. Very strange composition for a planet! :D
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SylxeriaGuardian Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Sounds like a perfect planet to learn about I'd imagine :3

I mean look at it this way: None of us were expecting to be finding those tube worms in OUR ocean, and possible absence of life aside it'd still be fascinating to explore there (Hopefully before some future date that renders it unexploreable like a giant meteor or something)
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Yes, the tube worms are a good example! There in a volcanic vent belching sulfuric acid, without any light, and crushed by intense pressure, somehow life exists. It was thought to be impossible. I have a feeling that life is abundant in the universe, but maybe living in conditions we currently think make life impossible.
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SylxeriaGuardian Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, it seems whenever I stumble upon a journal or whatever on planets that could theoretically support life there is ALWAYS some dolt insistant on shooting the idea down but ALWAYS basing his/her reasoning on observable complex life and never on creatures like those living in the scalding hot pools, or cingle celled creatures, or the tube worms. Whenever something like that is brought up, the conversation either promptly ends without him/her responding back, or it devolves into vulgar insults from the naysayer that frankly does little to give any impression that the person actually knows what they're talking about :P

Heck, whenever I end up saying something stupid about these topics it's usually because I get my facts mixed up and my mouth starts running faster than my thought process.

I for one would still love to see evidence of life of any kind on another planet, but most folks I run into denounce this possibility, with their idea of extraterrestial life being like Mass Effect and other sci-fi critters/people - if the planet can't support humans it can't support nothin'. Unfortunately they are firm in believing that statement :(
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