Skiing in space becomes more possible

Posted By: The Ski Channel on October 19, 2009 3:34 pm

It is a solid day for science. European scientists have discovered 32 new planets outside of our solar system. This gives rise to the hope that there are more places in the universe that can sustain life. All of the planets found are much bigger than Earth, but here’s the thing about this story—scientists are confident that there are earth-like planets everywhere in the universe, as it’s common to form a planet near a star. Stephanie Udry, an astronomer from the University of Geneva, said “I’m pretty confident that there are Earth-like planets everywhere. Nature doesn’t like a vacuum. If there is space to put a planet there, there will be a planet there.” 40% of stars that are like our sun have planets orbiting them that are closer in size to Earth than Jupiter. Alan Boss, astronomer at the Carnegie Institution of Washington, said that this means “The universe must indeed be crowded with habitable worlds.”

If the universe is crowded with habitable worlds, at some point, we will habitate them. Then we’ll figure out a way to make snow, and we will then realize my dream of <a href="../news/skinews/20090925/Ski-on-Mars-and-the-Moon-Ice-Found”>skiing in space. What? A boy can dream can’t he?