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Daily Mail Planet: Gliese 581 Is The New Earth

by | 25th, April 2007

gliese.jpg “THE NEW EARTH,” announces the Mail on its front page.

“Does the discovery of a planet just like ours means there IS life out there?”

Mail Readers are offered a picture of a lump of round rock coated in cotton-wool swirls of cloud and gas.

Inside the paper, the Mail’s telescope is on full beam. And it likes what it sees.

“It’s got the same climate as Earth, plus water and gravity. A newly discovered planet is the most stunning evidence that life just like us might be out there,” it trumpets.

Mail readers are forgiven for expecting the accompanying pictures of Gliese 581 to feature a gentle sloping village green, an open Post Office and a figure in blue giving a smaller figure dressed in shorts, shirts and school tie a clip round the ear.

The Mail’s science editor, Michael Hanlon, notes, “Small waves lap a sandy shore and on the beach something stirs.”

If this Gliese 581 is like Earth, might it be that this stirring something is a human just like us, or, to be more precise, just like a Mail reader?

Dressed in laundered shirt (sleeves rolled up the Gliese sun is ten times the size of our sun and it’s

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