Thursday, January 3, 2013

We Are Not Alone

Via TPM:

The Milky Way contains at least 100 billion planets, or enough to have one for each of its stars, and many of them are likely to be capable of supporting conditions favorable to life, according to a new estimate from scientists at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, California (Caltech).

That specific figure of 100 billion planets has been suggested by earlier, separate studies, but the new analysis corroborates the earlier numbers and may even add to them, as it was conducted on a single star system — Kepler 32 — which contains five planets and is located some 1,000 light years away from Earth in between the patch of sky found between the constellations Cygnus and Lyra, where NASA’s planet-hunting Kepler Space Telescope is pointed.

I just hope none of them are watching us.  How embarrassing.

6 barks and woofs on “We Are Not Alone

  1. You’ll notice none of them have contacted us. For their health, safety, and well-being, that’s probably a wise decision…

  2. They probably have already checked us out and decided that they want nothing to do with us. We are galactic trash.

  3. I have an elderly friend that thinks life on earth started as a penal colony for the universes criminally insane. She makes some pretty interesting points. There is a part of me that is beginning to believe her.

  4. “This is the gulag Rura Penthe. There is no stockade. No guard tower. No electronic frontier. Only a magnetic shield prevents beaming. Punishment means exile from prison, to the surface. On the surface, nothing can survive. Work well, and you will be treated well. Work badly, and you will die.”

  5. Oh, you know, several if not most of these sister worlds are probably having the same sort of self-governing mess we are. What makes you think we’re unique? I suspect we’re not unlike ant colonies, just struggling to get by and carry their dead spider back to the nest to be consumed by the Queen.

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