Certainly, this is a subject that humanity has been following for generations. I will admit to possibly salivating in heat to know the actual answer to this long-pressed question. Is there life out there?
Surely, this is something that every human being with any inkling of intellectual capacity wants to acknowledge. Is Planet Earth the only planet, of ALL OF THE PLANETS IN THE UNIVERSE, that hosts life? The mere notion of that seemingly is ridiculous! Yet, besides all of the rumors and hearsay, after all of the quandaries and queries, many of us really want to know whether or not there is anyone, anything else ALIVE out there in the vastness of the cosmos.
Browsing The Internet brought me to the e-article Will We Find Extraterrestrial Life In 2015. The author’s immediate response was “Probably not, but just possibly yes”. Now, just what in The Hell is that supposed to say?!?!
I recognize that life, as we understand it, requires certain, almost precise conditions, in order for it to form, to evolve, to thrive, et cetera. Yet, who is to say that other forms of life can not exist based upon some other bases of existence that we have yet to comprehend? As far as I know, we have NOT travelled all throughout the universe, let alone The Milky Way, so we are basing the manners of life-thriving on how we understand it from an Earth-bound perspective. That method of living might NOT always be the case in other places of the universe. Rebuttal?
Going into this e-article, the author delves into our recent, scientific studies of Mars. The rover Curiosity was able to pick up traces of methane in the Martian atmosphere. That small trace-emission of gas is the slightest of possibilities that life could have existed on The Red Planet at some point in it’s past! That seems to sound so blatantly dull and irrelevant, yet knowing whether or not any life was on Mars surely will mean that life certainly can exist at any other location throughout our Milky Way Galaxy. Our key would be just to locate the precise planetary systems, star systems, and to learn their distances in relation to Earth, so that we are able to study them!
Jupiter’s Europa and Saturn’s Enceladus are attracting recent attention. These are two of the larger moons of the two largest worlds of our solar system, and they seem to be massive worlds covered with ice. Some scientists are believing that enormous oceans exist beneath these ice shells. Even greater leaps of speculation (hope?) would lead some to suggest that aquatic life could exist within the oceans of these lunar worlds! Liquid water also is suspected to exist beneath Jupiter’s Ganymede, Saturn’s Titan, as well as worlds at the edge of the solar system such as Eris and Pluto!
This is just from the beginner’s basic exploration of our own solar system. There is an entire, massive star-filled galaxy, complete with millions of other worlds all around us! On top of that, there are likely millions of other galaxies out there! It would be beyond absurd to suggest that there is no life at some place, some nook, in some location of space that we simply have NOT seen, are NOT aware of, at this time!
Embrace our inferiority! It will be a while, at least, before we actually get to discover the truth about other worlds, and whether or not they host living beings. We can not even get back to our own friggin’ moon, let alone anywhere else in our solar system. Dare NOT mention any manner of voyage to any location to another star system. NO. Not now.
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We will keep looking…..
It’s been a minute! The blog thing has not exactly been the top of the list of activities. Yet, there is always so much of interest that deserves discussion, review; someone needs to put it out there for conversational spark! This one recent topic of interest certainly should get motors revving….
Located some 490 light years away from our beloved Mother Earth exists the world that we have dubbed as Kepler 186f! As is what is with the norm with N.A.S.A. scientists and collective cohorts, the search for extra-solar planets and alien life progresses. It seems that a recent burst of luck has fallen upon the researchers, as the discovery of this distant planet is rousing levels of excitement about the possibilities of a world with similarities of life-harboring capacities nearly equivalent to that of our precious Earth!
Kepler 186f is being called “Earth’s cousin”! The planet is a mere ten percent larger than our world. It is seemingly special because it just might be able to hold liquid water upon it’s surface. The world exists in The Goldilocks Zone from it’s host star, Kepler 186 (where things are not too hot and not too cold…). This makes the planet extra-exclusive because of the premise that the water just might actually be there! Where there is water, there likely is bound to be life!
We as a species have been wondering since the dawn of our existence as to whether or not we are alone in this universe! One of the first steps to answering that question likely will be locating another world in the universe that will be capable of sustaining a manner of life as we would understand it. If indeed Kepler 186f is that world, then a great barrier has been breached!
Indeed, being 490 light years away from us, we are NOT going to get there! We can send our probes to study this planet for further generations to have details about it. Hopefully, our successors will have survived us, our Earth will still be in tact, and they can send probes, even people to explore this world! Dare I suggest the topic of extra-solar exploration, colonization (after we have colonized Mars, Europa, and areas of the outer solar system….)?
Of course, all of this will take years of additional study, planning, financial contribution, political hullabaloo, et cetera. However, the ultimate goal should be the acknowledgement of the recognition about the existence of other worlds in this universe that do host life! We can hopefully, finally, get to a fact that Earth is NOT alone!
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Gold! It is not at all something with which we are unfamiliar. For millennia, humanity has yearned for, relished after, and been wanton with the precious metal for reasons of all imagination. The beauty and the brilliance of it has made gold one of the most prime materials of the planet!
Albeit it likely has been a part of the planetary system since the origins of Earth, gold was discovered relatively recently. During the nineteenth century, within January of 1848, General John A. Sutter lead a group of miners in the mountainous regions of California. He and his team entered this area at Coloma, California. The workers ended up excavating a previously unknown element which turned out to be of extreme value! The miners digging within the caves of these mountains were able to dig out gold from beneath the layers of rock.
The gold that these miners excavated amounted to roughly twenty-three carats. It was a valuable discovery, yet it did not prove to be worthwhile for General Sutter and his workers. They wound up losing the diggings to Mexican people, neighbors, as well as rouge employees! Tough Stuff!!!
Gold is considered to be a precious metal, rated as 79 on The Periodic Table of Elements. It is rated above other precious metals that include silver, platinum, palladium, and rhodium. The only precious metal rated higher than gold currently is iridium, which is 77 on The Periodic Table.
Our Earth is the only place we know of to find solid gold deposits. Most of this is located beneath the continental grounds of Africa, The Americas, and Asia. It is the most precious of the precious metals on the planet, as we currently claim eight. These include gold, along with silver, platinum, palladium, osmium, iridium, rhodium, and ruthenium, all in that order.
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I really get somewhat upset when journalists and semi-scientists post information about so-called “other Earths” having been located in other places throughout the galaxy. That is not the exact truth. No other world has yet to be located that is anything akin to our Earth. Water has NOT been found anywhere else outside of Earth. Life has NOT been found anywhere else outside of Earth. As these are the main things that classify Earth as Earth, classifying anything else as such is erroneous!
Anyhow. An article from Yahoo/Reuters gives details about a recent information release from a N.A.S.A. space probe. Apparently, this particular probe has been on it’s voyage for some time, and it has passed a distance of 900 million miles beyond Saturn. The probe was able to reverse it’s positioning in order to photograph images of the solar system behind it. One captivating picture was that of Planet Earth, in the distance!
Scientists working with The Jet Propulsion Laboratory at Pasadena, California are constantly reviewing and studying information that is received from satellites about what is occurring within outer space. Recent researches are recognizing that our beloved Earth is little more than a dot among countless dots in the night sky, as depicted by Cassini. The actual image of Earth and her moon take up no more than the space of one pixel!
Renowned scientific researcher Carolyn Porco has stated that the imaging of Earth from this distant vantage “underscores our coming of age as planetary explorers”. Dr. Porco has directed the Cassini imaging program with The Space Science Institute at Boulder, Colorado. It is, perhaps, that the images of Cassini from Saturn are giving humanity the necessary boost of enthusiasm for further reviews and attempts at exploring our solar system. Certainly the magnificence of the images by the Cassini probe are undeniable, and they surely can be taken as catalysts for the next steps in human advancement toward a truly space-faring society.
The reverse images made by Cassini are supposed to have been a rare occurrence! Space probes within the distant reaches of the solar system do not aim backward, so that their instruments are not damaged by rays from The Sun. However, Cassini was able to turn around for it’s picturing of Saturn because of the gargantuan gas giant temporarily blocking our star’s powerful beams from the probe’s line of sight.
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