bc youre one of the few people i feel i can trust on this: are the 7 potentially habitable planets NASA found really that big of a deal and all the hype around them is justified? or are they just another 7 rocks that are vaguely the size and temperature of earth without actually being particularly special to us otherwise, let alone truly habitable? i wanna get excited about new planets but i often see people acting like a planet is "habitable" just bc it wont kill you in 2 seconds so i gotta ask
They’re just seven new rocks. They’re probably tidally locked to their star, too, which means that one side always faces the sun and the other side always faces away, which would make the planet completely unsuitable for anything more than microbial life. Until we know more–like getting atmospheric spectrometric data that indicates one or more of them has an atmosphere–I wouldn’t get too hype.