Well, before we start running around wondering what this means about life outside Earth and how it will affect science and religion as we know it today, let’s just keep our cool and see if the mainstream media and scientific journals pick it up and run with it as a legitimate inhabitable planet.
The article states that the European Southern Observatory has found an ‘Earth-like’ planet about 50% larger than ours circling the star ‘Gliese 581′ about 20 light years away. And due to it’s proximity to the star it’s at the right distance versus radiation exposure to likely contain H2O.
And H2O might mean life. Life means rethinking our place in the universe and watching some of societies most cherished assumptions now up for debate. (I can only hope! 😀 )