We’re eagerly awaiting the official announcement confirming what we recently wrote about in Proxima Centauri has an Earth-like Planet? So far, all the news stories have been based on an early report by the German weekly, Der Spiegel. The offical report is supposed to come at the end of this month from the European Southern Observatory.
But we found an absolutely hysterical story about it at the website of the Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN), founded by televangelist Pat Robertson. It’s titled Have Scientists Found Another Earth? Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us:
Researchers have discovered the possibility of another earthlike planet that could sustain life. German news outlet Der Spiegel first broke the story, saying the European Southern Observatory found a previously unknown neighboring planet that could contain water.
We know that. Okay, here comes the good stuff:
Scientists reportedly spotted the Earth-sized planet orbiting Proxima Centauri, the closest star to the Sun that still rests within the habitable zone.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Read that sentence a couple of times. Either it’s incredibly sloppy writing, or CBN thinks that Proxima Centauri is the closest star that “rests within the habitable zone.” We leave it to your imagination to figure out what they think the habitable zone actually is.
That was good, but it gets better. Let’s read on:
Unfortunately, Proxima Centuari and the surrounding astrological [Hee hee!] bodies are nearly impossible to see with a telescope.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! CBN thinks Proxima Centuari can’t be seen with a telescope. As for referring to it and its surrounding bodies as “astrological,” well, we don’t need to say anything.
It’s a short article. This is the rest of it:
Therefore, scientists must rely on extraordinary tools and observations on gravitational pulls between the planets and stars.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! That is not how extra-solar planets are found. As you know, we can’t actually see the planets, but if we’re visually lined up with the orbital plane of a star’s planets, specialized instruments can spot the dimming effect as they transit their stars. And no, we don’t have tools that observe “gravitational pulls.”
Anyway, that’s the news from the Christian Broadcasting Network. Those who rely on CBN probably won’t think there’s anything wrong with their reporting. We imagine that they’re grateful for the information, but perplexed about its spiritual implications.
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