Why We’re Alone?

Just a quick thought on why we’re alone or at least we think we’re alone!  If you have read the Three-Body Problem sci-fi trilogy, then you may compel to agree with the author that other aliens don’t want to be seen at all costs!  The idea is that once an intelligent world is being discovered it could be the end of it.

Imagine an intelligent world that is being developed to the point that it needs to colonize other planets to sustain its population and civilization.  This world thus would go out of its way to strip resources of other planets and stars.  The hungriness of such a world would not be stopped and it would grow infinitely until their technology got so great that they could outstrip an entire galaxy for resources.

Aliens might not want to see such a world to develop to such capacity that would compete against their own world, and so destroying an undeveloped world as fast as possible would be the easiest thing to do.  Of course, we could not know what the aliens would think.  Perhaps some aliens out there prefer peace over war.  Perhaps, some aliens prefer to see the whole universe teems with colorful civilizations.

Personally, I think there could be aliens out there that are so developed and advanced to the point that they could hide in plain sight and we just don’t have the technology to see them.  Some aliens could be so advanced that they don’t need to colonize and change the ecosystem of a planet for survival because they could modify themselves to fit into any environment!  For all, we could know they could fly in a poisonous gaseous environment and would still feel like taking a stroll on a warm Sunday afternoon.

As we’re looking for a Goldilocks solar system to test our theory of finding existing alien life, these aliens may just be in plain sight but we won’t know it as we’re too focusing on the wrong environment.  In short, we’re guessing but we could be off for miles.  Perhaps, aliens don’t live in a Goldilocks environment?  Perhaps they are and they have the technology to prevent us from seeing them or seeing their solar system?

Could We Colonize Space By Rearranging The Solar Systems?

Could it be that God truly exist?  If God isn’t really existed then luck must be it that earth could actually harbor life!  Our planet earth got really lucky in a way that it is not too close to the star (i.e., the sun) and it is not too far from the star either.  Other dead solid planets are not so lucky as they located too far from their star or too close to their star, thus their surface would either boil or freeze to the extreme temperatures.  Such extreme conditions would prevent life as we know it to exist.  Of course, there would always be the exception, but such an exception would be nothing like us humans!  Such aliens would not have any semblance to the traits that us humans are familiar with such as how life has existed here on earth.

I guess it’s safe to say that earth is either a miracle from God or it is truly lucky.  As our advanced telescopes peer into the endless darkness in space, we have discovered so many solar systems and galaxies.  Although we’ve found so many planets and stars and solar systems and galaxies, it seems the more we found the more we instill a belief in ourselves that we’re alone.

Through current scientific methods, we could only guess that there are some planets out there that could harbor life.  Perhaps we think such planets are locating in the comfort zone of their solar systems, thus providing the chance that these planets could harbor water.  Here on earth, life exists because of water.  We’re thinking that water on other planets too may allow life to go through an evolutionary process — developing alien life in the process.  Nonetheless, we could only guess and not so sure about our guess until we could deploy some sort of drones, robotics, and satellites to such planets.  Even better, we could deploy humans to such planets!

Unfortunately, the solar systems and planets we think that could harbor life are way too far for earth’s current technology to reach.  For an example, we could try to launch a rocket fuel vehicle toward Alpha Centauri system.  According to Earthsky’s “How Long to Travel to Alpha Centauri?” article, it would take 78,000 years for our current rocket fuel vehicle to reach this space system.  According to Wikipedia, Alpha Centauri System is the nearest star system to our solar system which is about 4.37 light years away from our solar system.  So, it seems our current space technology is way too slow for space traveling because even the closest solar system would take 78,000 years for a human space vehicle to reach it.

At the moment we could not be sure if life is actually existing anywhere in space.  We know for sure though life is existing here in our solar system because the earth is teeming with life.  If we want to confirm that life is actually existing elsewhere we have to develop space vehicles that could travel much faster.  Preferably, we want to develop space vehicles that could travel near the speed of light.  Only then that we could travel to Alpha Centauri space system in 4.37 years or so.

What’s the point of my rant so far?  Well, imagine an alien race that could be so advanced that their technology allows them to modify any space’s solar system to the way they like it.  Imagine the ramification of such technology!  Just imagine each planet and star like a pool ball on a pool table!  Imagine a pool table’s holes are the black holes, and if each ball got too close it would fall into a pool’s hole.  In reality, if a planet gets sucked into a black hole, it would be destroyed into pieces, I think.  Will the black hole spit out these shredded planets and stars later?  I don’t know!  Nonetheless, the idea is to imagine that space is dangerous and comfortability is very, very rare!  So if each pool ball travels too close, each pool ball would collide with one another.  In reality, a planet collides with another planet would be on the scale of the doomsday disaster.  If a planet collides with a star, it would be the destruction of the planet itself.  So, this alien technology that could modify the layout of the solar system would create the condition to harbor water and provide life as we know it.

Now, if we could develop such technology here on earth, we could go out into space and rearrange any solar system to our liking, making other planets to support life so we could have more earthlike planets out there in space.  This is one way I think we could colonize space and allow human species to exist much longer than the earth itself.  For an example, our earth could be dying someday, and so without such technology, we won’t be able to escape the dying earth — in such a process human species would die along with earth.  Instead of dying along with earth, humans should try to come up with technology that pushes planets and stars around to rearrange the solar system to how we like it.  It would be so easy to shoot the pool balls around on the pool table, but I guess it would take Godlike effort to do so with pool balls that are as large and as heavy as the planets and stars in space.  Furthermore, if the effort takes too long, the solar system itself could be destroyed!

He Is From Mars, She Is From Venus

Just another poetry of mine.  Enjoy!!!

  • If he is from Mars
  • And she is from Venus
  • Both take a visit to Earth
  • And shook their heads
  • And sigh without shyness
  • Voicing that earth is barren
  • Only dry rocks play with boiling sun
  • If he yearns back toward Mars
  • And she yearns back toward Venus
  • Both stand on Earth’s barren back
  • And stare hard at their home worlds
  • And admire their teeming worlds
  • Voicing that their worlds are blessed
  • Truly, teeming with life
  • If they take a look at each other
  • They might be of different species
  • Nonetheless they have life which breathes into them
  • Nonetheless they have nutrients that race within them
  • Nonetheless they have windows that frame the beauty of the cosmic
  • Nonetheless they can be inspired by their own civilizations
  • Nonetheless they can say that Earth is truly barren
  • If they think hard
  • One might wonder if they think that there might be other Mars
  • If they think hard
  • One might wonder if they think that there might be other Venus
  • Perhaps no two Mars are exactly the same
  • Perhaps no two Venus are identical
  • At least these other Mars and Venus might not be as barren as Earth

A Galaxy Is A Universe?

Solar System

Solar System (Photo credit: Joe Plocki (turbojoe))

I can’t help but imagine up a crazy scenario in regarding to the bewilderment of the finding of Voyager 1 so far.  According to Arstechnica’s “Missing: Voyager 1 yet to find the boundary line of the Solar System” article, it seems that the model of predicting the borderline of our solar system has been wrong as the scientists cannot agree with the Voyager 1’s data in this regard.  Of course, I’m not going to lie, I barely understand the article since it is too science-nerdy.  Nonetheless, the article has suggested that Voyager 1’s data have somehow hinted that it is unexpectedly not yet being where it’s supposed to be, and where it’s supposed to be is to be near the border of the solar system.  Beyond the immediate surrounding of our solar system border is known as heliopause.  Anyhow, it’s clearly shown that we can only guess of how the stuffs in our universe behave according to the theories and models we think that are most likely to be correct, but the truth is that the reality of the stuffs out there, within our universe, can really be bizarre.  Especially, as the distance gets farther and farther away from our home planet, we can only truly guess.

So what is my crazy scenario?  Without any proof and fact to back up this scenario, and I know it’s probably and most likely inclining toward science fiction and pure fantasy, but this idea had entered my tiny brain regardless.  Let just dilly dally a bit more before I reveal the crazy scenario.  So, according to other people, just the Milky Way galaxy alone, which contains earth (our home planet), has roughly around 200 billion stars or even more.  I can be wrong on this next thing.  According to other people again, many solar systems in Milky Way galaxy might contain more than one star.  According to what we think we know, our solar system is unique as it contains only one star.  Still, even if there are solar systems that can contain unlimited amount of stars, 100 billion stars or more are plenty for plenty of solar systems to spring about.  We’re making the stars as the protagonists, because the stars are the most massive objects in any solar system.  With this knowledge, we can say the stars are the most important bodies in a solar system.  Hint, the emphasis of calling a smallest system (i.e., containing stars) of systems within a universe as a solar system.  Solar means sun.  Sun is a star.  My point of laying all these assumed facts out is that the distance and sizes of things in space are just mind boggling.

Since it’s just crazy enough to contemplate on the things we think we know about our solar system, imagine that we have to also think about other galaxies.  Even crazier, we like to think about the universe itself.  Perhaps, I might be even crazier and suggest that each galaxy is a universe of itself.  This is the very (crazy) scenario which I had hinted about.  Of course, you can’t disprove me yet until there is a technology which allows you to travel beyond our galaxy.  Sure, you can try to disprove this crazy scenario with your naked eyes and cameras and say that your naked eyes and cameras had seen the galaxies such as Andromeda.  But let me ask you this, how do you know what you see isn’t another universe but just a galaxy?  Of course, you can argue and say a galaxy is a universe, but a universe in a galaxy manner, because the real universe would encompass all objects we think there are in space.  Even with this argument, how can you be so sure of what you have seen with the eyes and the tools (e.g., camera, telescope)?  The Voyager 1 so far has proved that the model which we rely on for the calculation the distance from here on out, nearing the border of our solar system, has been wrong.  It had taken 35 years for the Voyager 1 to travel that far out, and yet it seems the evidence is suggesting the Voyager 1 is nowhere near the edge of the solar system.  Perhaps, Voyager 1 isn’t sufficient enough to actually bring about the evidences we need to prove that we have seen the border of our solar system?  In any regard, things out there are simply too complex for us to know exactly unless we actually travel there ourselves.  Even then, let us contemplate on these things even more.

In conclusion, I’ve no idea what I’m talking about, but the crazy scenario had already entered my tiny brain.  I let it sprouts, because it is just so fascinating.  Nonetheless, like I say, it might just be simply a crazy, idiotic scenario.  I chuckle, a galaxy is a universe.  By the way, don’t talk about this idea in your science class, because your fellow classmates might laugh at you and think you’re an idiot.  So, you have been warned!  For me, sometimes, it’s great to be an idiot.


Beyond Our Own Solar System, A Stellar Flare Had Tons Of Gas Ejected From A Planet 63 Light Years Away From Us. Earth Is Much Luckier As It Is Not Too Close To The Sun!

C3-class Solar Flare Erupts on Sept. 8, 2010 [...

C3-class Solar Flare Erupts on Sept. 8, 2010 [Detail] (Photo credit: NASA Goddard Photo and Video)

HD 189733b is a planet which often has found itself to intermittently eject tons of gas each second.  It usually happens when its star, HD 189733A, blasts a powerful X-ray flare at planet HD 189733b.  As now though, it seems that planet HD 189733b does have plenty of gas to spare.  The most recent flare which observed on Sept. 7, 2011 by Swift’s X-ray telescope suggested planet HD 189733b had ejected about 1,000 tons of gas each second.  Anyhow, the video right after the break will explain better than I do in regarding to what had happened to planet HD 189733b.  For your information, if you want to know more about Swift satellite, you can check it out at NASA’s own webpage here.

Afterthought:  I think they call stellar flare as a solar flare of not our own sun but from another star of another solar system.  I guess we can say a stellar flare is any kind of flare that can be categorized to be similar to our own solar flare.


Mars One Plans To Create A Human Settlement On Mars By 2023

Artist impression of a Mars settlement with cu...

Artist impression of a Mars settlement with cutaway view (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The idea of humans to colonize Mars by 2023 is so extraordinary that it scares me.  It scares me that this idea will fail terribly!  It scares me that hope will be crushed and space programs will go into a withdrawal.  Nonetheless, it’s a noble idea and an idea that has no parallel so far.  Of course, there are ideas that even more absurd than to colonize Mars, but those ideas are so absurd that there little to no opportunity for such ideas to be fully realized.  Colonizing Mars though is a different story as Mars One seems to have a plan for how to colonizing Mars in 2023.

Mars One is a project which will start sending first 4 humans (astronauts) to colonize Mars in 2023.  This is one way mission or one way ticket, because whoever arrives on Mars through Mars One project will not plan to get back home (earth).  Nonetheless, should Mars One train the first 4 astronauts the basic knowledge of science in making the right equipments and spacecrafts so they might use such knowledge to improvise their way home – in the case of homesickness?  Sorry for the digression.  Every two year after the first Mars One Mars landing, a new group of humans would join the Mars One settlement on Mars.

Mars One plans to make this idea a reality in a big way.  How big?  As in very big entertainment!  It’s unclear though how Mars One will entertain the world with their missions!!!  Will Mars One allow people to see real preparations for human settlement on Mars through videos and images?  Will Mars One create a TV reality around their missions?  (The baddest reality TV show on earth, ever!!!)  Will Mars One do what to entice people about Mars One human settlement on Mars?

Set the hypes about Mars One aside, I think in the end, it matters most that humans can colonize Mars.  To colonize Mars isn’t something we just wake up and say let do it.  I think colonizing Mars is a lot more difficult than anything else we have done with space programs in the pasts.  Imagine how lonely it will be for the first few groups of humans to settle on Mars.  The Mars One settlement will grow at a slow pace, and the loneliness of living on Mars will continue to grow for the Mars One settlers.  Living on Mars might require Mars One settlers to be extra careful in their daily activities.  It’s not like they can breath without proper equipments on Mars.  Without enough knowledge to repair and remake proper equipments and tools, Mars One settlers might be stranded on Mars.  To be stranded on Mars is not the same as to live on Mars.  So on and so on…

Enough with my rant since I don’t know much about Mars One anyway.  My little knowledge of Mars One was acquired through watching the video right after the break, so you go ahead and enjoy the video!!!  I was very much enjoyed the video myself!!!

Afterthought:  I’m so glad that they are planning to colonize Mars in my lifetime.  I don’t really have to read science fiction books and dream for the coming of such a day/event.  Even if Mars One mission will fail, I think it’s one of the noblest adventures, explorations, experimentations, and ideas that humankind has ever attempted.  Mars One might be a stepping stone for even greater aspirations and achievements to come.  After all, we do not have an insurance for earth, and earthlings are too eager to destroy it — therefore we need to know how to colonize other planets in a hurry.

Source:  http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/upshot/mars-one-one-way-ticket-red-planet-192011042.html