The Anglo-Australian Planet Search group has just discovered 28 planets outside of our solar system - called "exoplanets" - bringing the total number known to 236.
The smallest exoplanet has a radius that's a mere 1.5 times the size of Earth's, and orbits the star Gliese 581.
It's only 20.5 light-years away. Cosmically speaking, that's just 'round the corner.
It makes me think - as I often do - that all our little squabbles down here on our ball of dirt are just a little pathetic when such wonders await us.