Last year I wrote here about the increasingly desperate frenzy to find extraterrestrial life. Secularists firmly ensconced upon evolution as the determinant of life, must find extraterrestrial life to validate their worldview. Otherwise, everything they believe about the origin of life is false. Their worldview is shattered.
There is yet another preposterous claim here that new hope has been seeded.
"Our science fiction dreams of Martians may never come true, but three earth-like planets discovered orbiting a nearby star have potential life and water, astronomers announced Monday."
"Earth like" planets? Given our current technology it is impossible to accurately characterize these as "earth like" planets. It's nothing more than wishful thinking at this point. We can't even see them. All we can do is discern a miniscule drop in the star's luminosity (perceptible only with the most sensitive of instruments) as the planets transgress it.
The star in question is 40 light years away - which is presented as "next door" in astronomical terms. The problem is that the vast majority of people have no concept of the distances involved in deep space because they are simply beyond human comprehension. As I noted here, a respected professor of physics bursts the balloon of those who believe mankind (that word alone should trigger an avalanche of "microagressions" in the loons increasingly inhabiting our collegiate campuses) is on the verge of colonizing space.
"Our migration from this planet is a seductive vision of the future that has been given almost tangible reality by our entertainment industry."
Distances in space are so vastly large that they are incomprehensibly abstract. We can speak of a light year, but no human can form any concept of so large a distance. Light travels 186,000 miles in a single second. That's already incomprehensibly large. In a year, light travels six trillion miles and that is further beyond our comprehension than the national debt.
When we use the light year as a measure of interstellar distance, we are reciting numbers that are far beyond anything we can wrap our minds around. And then we reflect upon the fact that the far fringes of the observable universe are fifteen billion light years away.
We need, says Science writer Amir Aczel, a measure of vastness that makes more sense than any of these. He suggests a new measure, the jet year. That's the distance you'd fly in a jet in one year's time. At six hundred miles an hour, that would come to a little over five million miles. Mars is presently about six jet years away from us.
No human can truly comprehend the scale of interstellar space. Space is so big that astronomers had to invent new units of measure: the astronomical unit, the light-year, the parsec. People hear these words, they can do calculations with them, but these terms cannot evoke a feeling as concrete “mile” or “kilometer.”
To provide some scale, it takes light 8 minutes to reach us from the sun; if you could fire a bullet from a high-powered M16 rifle at our sun, it would take more than 5 years to reach it. Consider this scale ...
- If our Sun was one inch from Earth, Alpha Centauri (the nearest star) would be an astounding four miles away. The recently discovered dwarf star with three planets would be 40 miles away.
- Our farthest Voyager probes, launched in 1977 and travelling at 17 Km/second, would be 100 inches away, traveling a mere three inches per year.
- In this miniature model, light takes 8 minutes to move an inch.
- If Voyager 2 does not collide with any other objects in interstellar space, it would take almost 700,000 years to reach the distance of the newly discovered system that is 40 light years away.
- 40 light years is a distance of 378,429,218,903,232 km (378.4 trillion kilometers)
- if you just plug that into good ol' Distance = Rate * Time, solve for time,
- (378,429,218,903,232 km) / (247,510 km/hr) = Time
- Time = 1,528,945,169.50116 hours, which converts to 174,537.12 years.
- NASA will invent an illusionary "discovery" much as they did with the claim that life had been found on Mars from meteorites (later quietly discredited.) Interestingly, their now-discredited claim arose at a time of the year when NASA's budget was under serious scrutiny by Congress.
- There will be nothing mentioned. The prediction will be conveniently forgotten.
“The universe is probably filled with habitable planets, so many scientists think it should be teeming with aliens,” said Aditya Chopra, lead author of the paper.
The inability to find intelligent alien life would unquestionably be the deathblow to evolutionary theory. From their perspective, the only reasonable alternative of divine creation would be catastrophic.
The more we discover about space and other worlds, the more we realize just how uniquely special our own world is.