Goldilocks planet

Goldilocks planet
(GOHL.dee.lawks PLAN.uht)
A planet that can support life because it is neither too hot nor too cold, too big nor too small, too near its star nor too far.
Example Citations:
Last week NASA announced the discovery of a giant gasball of a planet, bigger than Jupiter, 41 light-years from Earth. "Extrasolar" planets are familiar, but this one's orbit is promising. Its wide path hints that its star, 55 Cancri, might also harbor a Goldilocks planet: one whose size, temperature and composition are all just right for life. Current science spots only planets so massive they tug stars into a telltale "wobble." "You could put an Earth around 55 Cancri and we wouldn't know it was there," says Geoff Marcy, a planet hunter at UC, Berkeley.
— Adam Rogers, "Planets for the Finding," Newsweek, June 24, 2002
Good news for anything living on the Earth-like Goldilocks planet circling Gliese 581 — at a distance of 20.5 light years, there's no chance humans will get there any time soon.
—Larry Highes, "A star trek too far," The Globe and Mail, April 26, 2007
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With a ceremonial tip of the hat to Christopher Columbus, the space agency next week embarks on a search for new worlds in the sea of interstellar space.
At 3 p.m. Monday, the 500th anniversary of Columbus's landfall in the Americas, NASA will activate two powerful radio telescopes - one in Puerto Rico and one in California — to begin the most comprehensive search ever for other intelligent life in the universe.
Over the next decade, scientists will scan radio emissions from the more than 300 billion stars in the Milky Way galaxy, using sophisticated new computer systems to distinguish the sounds of any intelligent life from the hiss and crackle of natural radio noise in the galaxy.
Not all stars of course, are likely to have planets, especially what researchers call "Goldilocks" planets — not too hot and not too cold for life.
— Mike Toner, "NASA has unveiling set on Columbus Day," The Atlanta Journal and Constitution, October 10, 1992
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  • Goldilocks planet — /goʊldilɒks ˈplænət/ (say gohldeeloks planuht) noun a planet on which the environment is neither too hot nor too cold, not too close to its sun nor too far away, thus being able to support life. {from the character Goldilocks in the fairytale of… …   Australian English dictionary

  • Goldilocks planet — noun A planet which orbits in the habitable zone around a star, where temperatures like those on Earth occur, allowing for the possible existence of liquid water and of life. See Also: Goldilocks zone …   Wiktionary

  • Goldilocks (disambiguation) — Goldilocks can mean:* Goldilocks and the Three Bears , a popular fairy tale * La Belle aux cheveux d or or The Story of Pretty Goldilocks , a literary fairy tale written by Madame d Aulnoy. *Goldilocks (planet), or 70 Virginis b. *The Goldilocks… …   Wikipedia

  • Goldilocks economy — (GOHL.dee.lawks i.KAWN.uh.mee) n. An economy that is not so overheated that it causes inflation, and not so cool that it causes a recession. Example Citation: America s not too hot, not too cold Goldilocks economy is getting too hot. The result… …   New words

  • Goldilocks effect — (GOHL.dee.loks uh.fekt) n. When something succeeds or prospers because it is neither too big nor too small. Example Citation: Size does matter. Up to a certain point, the more widgets you produce, the cheaper each widget becomes. But you no… …   New words

  • Goldilocks zone — noun The zone around a star where a planet could experience temperatures like those on Earth, allowing for the possible existence of liquid water and of life. Syn: habitable zone See Also: Goldilocks planet …   Wiktionary

  • Goldilocks zone — /ˈgoʊldilɒks zoʊn/ (say gohldeeloks zohn) noun the area on a planet where the temperature is not too hot nor too cold to prevent water in liquid form occurring and which can therefore possibly sustain life. {see Goldilocks planet} …   Australian English dictionary

  • Goldilocks — bezeichnet: ein Musical von Leroy Anderson ein Märchen, Goldilocks und die drei Bären („Goldlöckchen und die drei Bären“) einen Zeichentrickfilm der Warner Bros: Goldilocks and the Jivin Bears (Teil der Censored 11) einen Begriff aus der Bear… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Goldilocks Zone — Als habitable Zone (auch Lebenszone oder Ökosphäre) bezeichnet man im Allgemeinem den Abstandsbereich, in dem sich ein Planet von seinem Zentralgestirn aufhalten muss, damit Wasser dauerhaft in flüssiger Form – als Voraussetzung für Leben, wie… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Goldilocks Principle — The Goldilocks Principle states that something must fall within certain margins, as opposed to reaching extremes. It is used, for example, in the Rare Earth hypothesis to state that a planet must neither be too far away from, nor too close to,… …   Wikipedia