"Goldilocks zone" -- not in OED

Joel S. Berson Berson at ATT.NET
Tue Nov 5 16:37:58 UTC 2013

"Goldilocks zone" -- the ring around a sun where the surface
temperature on a planet is not to hot, not to cold* -- is not in
OED3.  Now that "Astronomers reported that there could be as many as
40 billion habitable Earth-size planets in the galaxy, based on a new
analysis of data from NASA's Kepler spacecraft", perhaps it might be
"Galactic Term of the Year".  [NYTimes, on-line Nov. 4 (corrected
Nov. 5) or paper Nov. 5, A1/1 (NE Edition).]

* And all's right in those worlds.  (Apologies to Alexander Pope,
Voltaire, and Robert Browning.)


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