Bodies In Motion

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.

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