Habitable planets in our neighborhood

It’s a pretty lonely realization to make when you consider that, even if there are other intelligences in the universe, the chances that we’ll ever come face-to-face is practically nil. I’ve always known this on an intellectual level, however after reading this article about Gliese 667C and its six planets,  three potentially habitable, it hit me on a deeper level.

Even though this system is extremely close to us, we’re practically neighbors, it’s still on a galactic scale. This system is 22 light years away, which would take longer than several human lifespans to get to (according to this article it would take 85 years to travel 4.4 light years with a theoretical nuclear pulse propulsion system).

The Gliese system is also a triple star system, meaning your planetary view may look something like this:

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