"Excuse me, excuse me, pardon me, sorry, pardon me, making my way to the new Earth because this one is trash," resolves Sweet's Chanel Parks, after learning that this planet just outside our solar system is "potentially habitable" (that NPR post alone got 13,000+ shares so far). "Even if mankind could not surpass the speed of light, this trip would only take 9 years round trip. Sign me up," declares Ken Sweet with the Associated Press. "Just gotta say: I really hope that life is discovered on another planet while I am still alive," admits Kurt Soller at Bon Appetit. "Someone send Matthew Mcconaughey to check this out," urges USA Today's Hemal Jhaveri. On the other hand, Proxima b's conditions "could be Earthlike, but they could also be hellish like Venus," which gives pause, but that doesn't stop Matt McKinney from suggesting, "We're calling this Earth 2, right?" Still, in mocking response to the most New York Times-ian headline ever ("One Star Over, a Planet That Might Be Another Earth"), National Geographic's Michael Greshko would like to call your attention to "One Twitter Account Over, a Tweet That Might Be a Subtle NY Times Dig" -- namely this one, by Washington Post's Joel Achenbach: "Huge exoplanet discovery, but it ain't another Earth, sorry!"
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Tying it all together, here's Sunny Hundal: "Really don't think we need to take over another planet so we can argue about burkinis, again."