Screw the debates, here's the really big news: Astronomers have discovered an Earth-sized planet orbiting Alpha Centauri B!
Details HERE and HERE.
I can say with complete honesty that this is something I've been waiting to hear for a number of years. Why? The Alpha Centauri trinary system is only a hair over 4 light years...practically down the block in terms of galactic distance. While this particular planet is far too close to Alpha Centauri B to support life as we know it, call it a harbinger of things to come: if there is one rocky planet in the system, there could very well be others.
It could very well be that, within my lifetime, a planet capable of supporting life as we may know it could very well be discovered in a nearby solar system. How cool would that be?
Fire up the Jupiter 2.