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Jumped Up Chimpanzee's Avatar Jump to comment 19 by Jumped Up Chimpanzee

The really sobering thought about the possibility of travelling to this planet 600 light years away is if we were unable to develop anything that could travel much faster than existing spacecraft.

I heard that the Voyager spacecraft that has just left our solar system and is travelling at about 40,000mph would take about 80,000 years just to reach the nearest star (about 4 light years away). That means it would take about 12 million years to reach this newly discovered planet!

Wed, 07 Dec 2011 09:23:24 UTC | #896395