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August 2, 2019 / philosophermouseofthehedge

New neighbors. Get the Margaritas ready

People along rural road. Sarah Bernhardt film. 1906 (USPD. artist life,

“Hey. We know you’re in there peeking out the drapes. Come on out and meet your new neighbors!” (USPD/

Woo-whoo. New neighbors. Get out the telescope and wait for their blinds to open.

Is it too early to swoop over and snoop visit?

Wonder if the welcome mat is out.

There are three of them. All supposedly Hot, Hot, Hot! (Better pick up some of those celebrity sun glasses on sale and learn some tropical moves)

Actually I kinda hope they’ve been too busy to tune in to the national ruckus and the hopefuls’ debates the past two nights. Any chance NASA could jam media with one of those cones of silence until after the election?

Don’t want them to get a bad impression of us or regret opening up to this social circus circle.

The only thing, as the new neighbor is located some 31 light-years away, NASA better get a supercharger on that vehicle…and carry lots of fuel (No stopping for snacks)

Woman looking out window. Sarah Bernhardt, 1879. (LoC /USPD., artist life/

Too much? Not sure of what to wear to greet them. They’re world travelers. A bikini might just seem too much like fishing for a pool party invite. (USPD/

Confirmation of a toasty planet leads to promising new worlds: (from NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center)

  • The system’s sun, GJ 357, is about 1/3 the size of our sun and 40% cooler. (Geesh. It’s universal: coolness competition.)
  • The first planet spotted, GJ 357 b, is a little bigger than Earth and one hot number: a temperature 490 degrees Fahrenheit (254 C). Still scientist were thrilled and nicknamed it “Hot Earth”
  • You know how it is with families. Once one kid gets attention, well, the others show up. Two more planets made debuts.
  • GJ 357 c, the middle child planet, has a mass of 3.4 times Earth’s and has a sultry temperature of 260 F (127 C).
  • An outer planet, GJ 357 d, really caught scientists’ eyes. Smaller than the middle one, but rocks. Despite being almost zoned out, it’s accessorized with a possible atmosphere to warm the surface and keep water from freezing (Great! Nothing is more welcomed at the end of a long trip than an “Everyone into the pool!”)
  • Intriguing. This could be our starry-eyed Cinderella planet.

Ready to give a big ole “welcome to the neighborhood”, but might be better to wait.

Wait for a polite invitation.

So we don’t look too desperate for friends

Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge

Here’s a cool short NASA video about how they found the hide and seek family.


  1. shoreacres / Aug 2 2019 6:29 am

    The question is, will they be willing to share a cup of milk or sugar, or dog-sit? Or will they just sit behind the blinds, tally up our infractions, and call the cosmic HPOA? (That would be the Home Planet Owners’ Association, of course.)

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  2. beth / Aug 2 2019 6:37 am

    Woo hoo! Wonder what they’ll think of us?

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  3. Ally Bean / Aug 2 2019 7:28 am

    JUST 31 light-years away! Time to get my travel arrangements in place. What a find, eh?

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  4. Kate Crimmins / Aug 2 2019 7:42 am

    Maybe the residents have manners. Hard to find those around here these days.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Aug 2 2019 9:17 am

      If we say those are imported with a big brand name logo, do you think local people would rush to acquire them, too? HaHa
      Gotta keep the dream alive.
      Thanks for the mannerly response

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  5. Anne Mehrling / Aug 2 2019 7:46 am

    Our first greeting on moving here five years ago was a cake delivered while the moving men were still here. It didn’t take long to find out neighbor Amy was a super cook. She turned out to be a super friend, too. She moved to be nearer her daughter, and other nice neighbors moved in. I hope you will have the relationship you want with your newbies.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Aug 2 2019 9:23 am

      We miss the original owners/neighbors next door. The husband was the one who handled VIPS at the launches and his wife ( who was also a great cook) organized our block parties. Hasn’t been the same since those stars left.
      Not taking up the new neighbors’ offer to visit their home planet unless they promise a mid-trip bathroom stop around 15 light years – everyone needs a chance to stretch their legs, right? They could take the opportunity to call ahead and give and ETA for the greeting committee.
      Thanks for cooking up a comment to stow on board here


      • Anne Mehrling / Aug 2 2019 9:38 am

        It’s interesting to live through changes in the neighborhood.


  6. sustainabilitea / Aug 2 2019 3:58 pm

    We should be able to have more than a few margaritas before the new neighbors are around. 🙂 I’m still irritated at de-planeting Pluto, if you want to know the truth!!


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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Aug 2 2019 4:39 pm

      Pluto rocks – still a fan. You can take away the label, but it still looms large and flies on!
      Thanks for joining the party

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  7. Curt Mekemson / Aug 3 2019 5:40 pm

    Sounds like the first two planets have already experienced globe warming. The Third Planet from the Sun… sounds vaguely familiar. –Curt


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