Back in August 2016, scientists announced the discovery of a planet that looked seriously likely to harbour life. Proxima b is a relatively nearby planet which has the perfect set of conditions to breed life. It’s so close, in fact, that we could probably visit it in our lifetime.
Then, just a few hours ago, NASA announced another giant leap forward in the search for alien life: the discovery of seven new exoplanets just 40 light years – about 235 trillion miles – away from our own. Exoplanets are planets that orbit stars like our own sun, and are a major hope in the search for life somewhere else in the universe.
As you’d expect, along with NASA’s announcement came with its fair share of hilarious responses on Twitter. From pure, unadulterated excitement to jokes over the star’s name, there were more funny responses to the news than you could shake a planet at.
Some people in the twittersphere were clearly worried about NASA announcing the discovering of some Death Star-style terror planets lurking somewhere in the galaxy.
Then there were others who were more concerned about making the most tenuous pop culture references they could.
Everyone’s favourite “your mom” joke made an unwanted appearance thanks to Twitter user Eli Yudin.
There were some who pointed out that even if NASA announced they’d gone to brunch with a family of aliens, people still wouldn’t be as impressed as they were with Beyoncé’s pregnancy announcement.
Then came the inevitable political commentators, who were keen to use the discovery of the new planets to slam the GOP and Trump’s controversial travel ban.
Source: Viral Thread