I'm Already On My Way: Astronomers Confirm A Planet Similar To Doctor Who's Home Planet Gallifrey

April 30, 2013

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In news that's sure to excite everyone except people who aren't super into Doctor Who, astronomers have just announced the discovery of a planet very similar to Gallifrey, the home world of Doctor Who and the Time Lords. Well hot damn. ♫ My bags are packed, I'm ready to go, I'm standing here outside your door, I can't wait to wake you up and say 'Go die.' ♫

According to an article in the Register, NASA came across what it calls a "transiting circumbinary multi-planet system" - in layman's speak, "two worlds orbiting two suns" - using its Kepler planet-hunting telescope, and the Register likens to "Doctor Who's Time Lord homeworld [of] Gallifrey - or alternatively the luxury-planet-builders' planet Magrathea [from] The Hitchhikers' Guide to the Galaxy"!


The Register reports the lead author of the study, Jerome Orosz - associate professor of astronomy at San Diego State University - as saying, "Each planet transits over the primary star, giving unambiguous evidence that the planets are real."

Honestly, it's getting to the point where I don't care if a newly discovered planet is similar to one from a sci-fi series I'm into or not, as long as its habitable, I want to go. Hell, even if it's only BARELY habitable, I still want to go. Besides, that'll help cut down on annoying space tourists. "Telling the truth, he is." Yoda knows what I'm talking about!

Thanks to Lisa, who's already bought property there and plans on having a house built as soon as there's a such thing as a decent intergalactic building company.

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