Originally posted by scottishinnz
It's great news, and suggests that life may have been possible when the sun was younger.
You might find this interesting;
An old meteorite from around the time our universe was formed, very rare, composed of the same stuff as the sun. They are analysing it for chemical signatures of the things ...[text shortened]... ife to form.
Maybe Moby got it right after all, maybe we really are all made of stars.....
Yeah, I read that tonight, well its night here anyway
0.03% of them made of star stuff. It gives info about the original cloud our solar system came from. I have a sneaky feeling the proximity to Alpha Centauri is no co-incidence, probably part of the same cloud that formed our sun. That said, I would surely pick AC as the very first star to send probes or people when that becomes possible, if our civilization lasts long enough to get that technically saavy that is.
One thing about that trip, you get three stars for the price of one, being a triple system. You ever hear of a sci fi author named Mary Doria Russell? She wrote a two volume series called 'The Sparrow' and 'Children of God' about such a trip to Alpha Centauri. She is a genius for sure.