Pack My Floaties: Real-Life 'Waterworld' Confirmed

February 22, 2012


Remember the 1995 post-apocalyptic classic, Waterworld? That was a good movie. It had everything a movie needs to be a winner: Kevin Costner, and modified jet skis. I might even watch it again tonight. But enough about my titillating evening plans, scientists have confirmed an alien planet with a steamy atmosphere and more water than earth that's only 40 light years away. Are you thinking what I'm thinking? "Pool party?" Pool party barbeque. You bring the hot dogs.

The planet was discovered in 2009 by ground-based telescopes, orbiting its comparatively cool red-dwarf star at a distance of just two million km - meaning temperatures on GJ 1214b probably reach above 200C.

It is about 2.7 times the Earth's diameter but with a mass just seven times higher (at an equivalent density, to the Earth, it would have nearly 20 times the mass).

Calculations of the planet's density also suggest that GJ 1214b has more water than Earth. This means the internal structure of this world would be very different to that of our own.

"The high temperatures and pressures would form exotic materials like 'hot ice' or 'superfluid water', substances that are completely alien to our everyday experience," said Dr Berta.

Here's what we're gonna do: send a probe, gather some water, bring it back here, bottle it, and then sell it to rich people. Sure it'll probably be packed with alien bacteria that'll eat them from the inside out, but who cares -- we'll price it so high we won't need repeat customers! Now -- you start designing the probe, I'll get one of those science fair display boards and some markers and get to work on our trade show booth.

Distant 'water-world' confirmed [bbcnews]

Thanks to Ferris and Jon, who tried to convince me we'd never recoup the cost of sending and returning the probe. Pfft, leave the accounting to me guys. "I thought you failed business accounting the first time." THAT TEACHER HAD IT OUT FOR ME.

  • Sounds like a great concept for a Waterworld sequel.
    Need a crossover? The Waterworld folks finally arrive at the planet and realize it was Pandora all along... What a twist!

  • remnis

    thought it was moving at first glance

  • Markas Paliokas

    You know i love geekologie been a fan for years have not missed any posts. but the one this that always pissed me off how the author of all the posts always adds some stupid joke. i never read what the person wrote its always something stupid and juvenile. TO THE ADMIN OF GEEK. Every time u post something u have to make a joke out of it no matter how serious it is. and those jokes are never ever funny all it does is shows how dumb and shallow the guy is. Why not say something smart about it. Ive never seen you who ever you are but the mental image i have of you is drunk american guy in his 20s with the most typical and shallow mind. Basically the dumb ass american stereotype only caring about girls and beer.

    Dont do that to yourself talk in a more smart way im sure you want people taking you seriously. Just because u do have a great website.Besides that this is the most interesting innovative and informative website ever. It always surprises and entertains me.

    Here's what we're gonna do: send a probe, gather some water, bring it back here, bottle it, and then sell it to rich people

    come on man this is the sort of things primary school kids say!This isn't even the worse one i've seen. Some of them really makes u think ''you serious''YOUR NOT FUNNY DUMB ASS !!!!!

  • Monochromatyczny Wojownik

    it is what makes geekologie writer special - like in special olympics. I am often amused, no matter what dumb thing he writes

  • BanHeim

    Shut up. 

  • Markas Paliokas

    fuck off

  • Yeah, but will Costner be there when we get there?

  • Eric Stodolnik

    this sentence for some reason made me dyslexic.

  • Monochromatyczny Wojownik

    rather Sauna World ?or  Hard Boiled World?

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