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A Big Week For Astronomy

Wednesday, December 07, 2011

It's been a big week for astronomy, with the discovery of both a giant black hole, and a "new Earth" -- a planet with very earth-like qualities about 600 light years away. Phil Plait, aka "The Bad Astronomer" at Discover Magazine, discusses the latest.

Listeners, here's a little about the "new Earth":

  • this planet is 600 light-years away
  • it’s about 2.4 times the size of Earth
  • a year on this planet takes about 290 days
  • it has an average temperature of about 72 degrees Fahrenheit

Knowing this, what would you name the new planet? Let us know!

Comments [54]

Owen

I would call the plant "Viridus" which is Latin for green and sounds good.
-Owen (age 12)

Dec. 08 2011 07:54 AM
Desiree' from California

Well, I would say "New Caprica" but there's no original Caprica, so I'll say "Caprica". :)

Dec. 07 2011 11:21 PM
Arthur Jay from Mississauga, ON

'Mega Gaia' , or 'Megaia' for short .

Dec. 07 2011 11:05 PM
Alex W. from Brooklyn

What's wrong with just Kepler? I say keep it simple.

Dec. 07 2011 05:51 PM
Jonathan from Kearny, NJ

Strictly speaking, there is NO evidence that Kepler-22b has existed at all since the late Middle Ages. The planet's distance was calculated at 600 light years, so the event observed by telescope took place 600 years ago. (Astronomers routinely fail to mention that we cannot observe stars and similarly distant objects in the present.)

Dec. 07 2011 04:22 PM
Placibo Domingo

Elvis!

Dec. 07 2011 03:24 PM
chuck from Anchorage

My suggestion for the name of planet is "el lugar" (Spanish for "the place")

Dec. 07 2011 02:02 PM
BD Cook from WA

Given what we are doing to Earth, I think the new planet should be named "Plan B".

Dec. 07 2011 01:34 PM
Cab Hatfield from NYC

On second thought, how about Video. Latin for "I see."

Dec. 07 2011 12:16 PM
Cab Hatfield from NYC

Faraway

Dec. 07 2011 12:05 PM
KOphus

I'm in favor of Nyx, after the goddess of night, sister to Gaia, the Earth.

Dec. 07 2011 12:01 PM
Robert from NYC

I looked up the definition of Black Hole and found this online...

A black hole is a place in space where gravity pulls so much that even light can not get out. The gravity is so strong because matter has been squeezed into a tiny space....

That definition makes my apartment a Black Hole.

Dec. 07 2011 11:59 AM
Rich from NJ

Venmarth

combines Venus Mars and Earth

Dec. 07 2011 11:57 AM
Jane from Brooklyn

Another Earth

Dec. 07 2011 11:57 AM
Fishmael from NYC

P.S. woe to any life there, if we do get there...

Dec. 07 2011 11:56 AM
Ken from Soho

Double Deuces

Dec. 07 2011 11:56 AM
Joe B

With new planets being discovered, does it make sense to point radio telescopes directly at them to detect signs of intelligence?

Dec. 07 2011 11:56 AM
m. from Prospect Heights

Zuccotti

Dec. 07 2011 11:56 AM
John from NJ

Why as earthlings do we think we are entitled to move there?
Call it Do Not Disturb

Dec. 07 2011 11:56 AM
Robert from NYC

Don't you mean REAL intelligence on the planet this time?

Dec. 07 2011 11:55 AM
Megan from New York, NY

Nemisana

From the Lenape word for 'our sister'.

A reminder, also, of past colonization errors.

Dec. 07 2011 11:55 AM
Francisco from Los Angeles

Maybe we should ask the people that live there.

Dec. 07 2011 11:55 AM
Jim from Manhattan

Call it Keplearth!

Dec. 07 2011 11:55 AM
m.

Zuccotti

Dec. 07 2011 11:55 AM
Sankam from Orange County, CA

Considering its size, I'm going to have to go with "Girth."

Dec. 07 2011 11:55 AM
Corinne

Areth

adamryder.com

Dec. 07 2011 11:54 AM
Amy Braunstein from New Brunswick

Persephone, Minerva (or Athena), Gaia, or Avalon

Dec. 07 2011 11:54 AM
Sophie from Poughkeepsie, NY

What if it turns out to be like Melancholia?

Dec. 07 2011 11:54 AM
Dan from Hillsborough NJ

New Planet should be called KRYPTON!

Dec. 07 2011 11:54 AM
The Truth from Becky

Terra Nova - The New Earth

Dec. 07 2011 11:53 AM
andrea valeria from new york city

no question about it, should be called \wnyctoo

Your station being the one who talks about this fantastic discovery!

Dec. 07 2011 11:53 AM
Fishmael from NYC

Starbucks Branch #153687

Dec. 07 2011 11:53 AM
Megan from New York, NY

Nemisana

From the Lenape word for 'our sister'.

A reminder, also, of past colonization errors.

Dec. 07 2011 11:53 AM
Mike from Yorktown, ny

Terrafara

Dec. 07 2011 11:52 AM
Nick from UWS

The new planet, if it is indeed Earth-like, should be called "Searth", for second Earth.

Dec. 07 2011 11:52 AM

Genus

Dec. 07 2011 11:51 AM
James from NJ

Geoelpis

Hope for earth

Dec. 07 2011 11:51 AM
jgarbuz from Queens

Why not call it "Trump" and let him start building casinos on it?

Dec. 07 2011 11:51 AM
Adam from Cayman Islands

"2B or Not 2B"

Dec. 07 2011 11:49 AM
R. from Manhattan

Gearth -
where the fashion world can send us less-than-thin folks.

Dec. 07 2011 11:48 AM
Ron Briggs from Bronx, NY

Mundane answer, Earth 2, but why don't we simply ask the inhabitants of the planet?

Dec. 07 2011 11:48 AM
Will L from NYC Area

New Eartlike planet should be called, "Dave"

Dec. 07 2011 11:48 AM
David from West Hempstead

Call it "Twin Earth." Philosophy majors will get a kick out of it.

Dec. 07 2011 11:47 AM
Angus Dorbie from California

Potis

from the Latin
http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/potis#Latin
Adjective
potis m and f (neuter pote)
able, capable, possible

Dec. 07 2011 11:41 AM
Enrique

Planet name: Keplerus after the Latin for Kepler.

Dec. 07 2011 11:36 AM
EG from Brooklyn

San Diegoaway

Dec. 07 2011 11:35 AM
Kathleen from Las Vegas, NV

Planet Bob

Dec. 07 2011 11:35 AM
Ian Highes from Yonkers

Spa. (...a place in space we might want to retreat....)

Dec. 07 2011 11:34 AM
Eden from brooklyn

I would call the planet Eden.
New and dangerous beginnings!
Also just a great name.

Dec. 07 2011 11:31 AM
EG From Brooklyn from Brooklyn

How about Dearth?

Dec. 07 2011 11:30 AM
Paul Stetzer from Upper West Side

for the earth's "twin": Bios 2

Dec. 07 2011 11:30 AM
Vaness from Garden City

I would call this planet "Eden" because if anything happens here, and it's inhabitable, it may provide a new beginning for us.

Dec. 07 2011 11:29 AM
benjoya from brooklyn

Schmearth.

Dec. 07 2011 11:28 AM
John Lee from UWS NYC

Planet Mirth

Dec. 07 2011 11:28 AM

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