This Seems Like Big News

By Jeffrey Goldberg

This is the sort of news that places other news in context:

European astronomers said Monday that they had found what might be the best candidate for a Goldilocks planet yet: a lump of something about 3.6 times as massive as the Earth, circling its star at the right distance for liquid water to exist on its surface -- and thus, perhaps, to host life, as we narrowly imagine it.

Goldblog Chief Astronomer Adam Chandler notes that while scientists have not yet discovered evidence of life on this distant planet, they have already spotted two synagogues.

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