I think it's incredibly awesome that they've found a planet near our solar system (relatively) that could possibly support life. Because it's in the ideal zone for it, they've labeled it the "Goldilocks Planet." You know, it's not too cold, not too hot, it's "just right."
In case you've missed this incredible discovery, here is the link to BBC's latest info on it.
What I am weirded out by is the image that goes along with this story.
It's an artist's rendering. Kind of like someone drawing Jesus. You know there is no way a homeless Jew looked like that but it's the only association you can make. Now and forever people who will never again follow this story...unless all the Area 51 folks get their wet dream...will think this is what's actually out there. (No, I don't really think YOU would be that tardish, but OTHERS, would.)
The local news even had a guy talking about it using this as the graphics to support his drivel. Then of course, they also use the lead in the whole day of "They've Discovered A Planet Just Like Earth." Then again, it was during Fringe that the commercials for it were airing...they may have been intentionally targeting the audience.
Anyhoo, what do you think? Potential proof of life beyond our planet scary or exciting?