Discussion in 'science, nature and environment' started by weltweit, Sep 11, 2019.
Water found on distant planet able to support life
It is rather a mind blowing distance away, 111 light years away which is around 650 million million miles, too far to send a probe.
We need a warp drive!
The engines cannae take it, editor
Scotty can always find that extra bit of power when Kirk demands it.
Won't someone think of the dilithium crystals???
Come on NASA, get that warp drive up and running!
We need Zefram Cochrane ...
The planet probably has malign aliens who were looking back at us, and are on their way to enslave and eat us.
Just reverse the polarity of the plasma flow, be there in no time.
There is a wonderful diagram of our quadrant of our local galaxy, with Earth plotted in its orbit around the Sun - I imagine it's floating around somewhere on the web. Around that, they have indicated the "shell" that is the limit to which radio transmissions, travelling at the speed of light, will have reached since humans first started transmitting them. It is not very far. I think the biggest factor in any question of encountering other civilisations is the sheer distance involved. Yes, there are, statistically speaking, guaranteed to be other sentient/intelligent species to be found in the universe. But the tiny, tiny bubble that is the limit our ability to travel to by current means is so miniscule as to make it really quite unlikely that we're going to be able to encounter one of them. And, even beyond that, the further they get away, the more out-of-date the signal we receive from them will be - where will we be in 3,000 years, when the early dawn of the radio age began broadcasting our sentient presence to the universe at large?
Barring, of course, some kind of hyperspace/wormhole/warp type scenario that opens up horizons beyond the mere crawl of light.
So there is a planet b
Of course what our telescopes are seeing is also 111 light years old.
Things could have changed since then.
111 years old. "Light years" are a measure of distance.
And you're right. If they're looking at us, they're looking at an Earth pre-TV, significant motor vehicle use, pre-pretty much any significant RF transmissions...even Nicholas Parsons would not have been born at the time that the light from Earth reaching them now left the planet
Looks like we will have to go there when the earth becomes a lifeless ball of carbon dioxide.
Would you recommend putting a deposit down on a ticket?
I found this which underlines how tiny our radio bubble is.
This site shows what songs you would hear (approximately) up to 110 light years from Earth.
Excellent, that's the very thing I was on about...
Don't be fucking ridiculous... Of course he was "alive" and longer
Between that plank time micro fraction and " Now "- -" God " did a Whole lot and most of it started Hydrogen , "G"ravity and Intense Heat . . . . . .
Sorry God'sMArc don't quite follow you there
New: bijou, great value, desres, one-bed "apartments" on K2-18b. Short 111 light year commute to West End and City!
Good job we'll probably remain incapable of going there and fucking it up for the indigenous wildlife.
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