April 24, 2007

Most cool

Scientists believe they have discovered the first Earth-like planet outside our own solar system. The only thing is, if there's life, it's doubtful it's intelligent. Why? The planet is "only" a bit over 20 light years from Earth. If there was intelligence comparable to (or greater than) our own, we'd have picked up radio signals from the planet long ago.

Oh well. Now, how do we get there? At our present level of technology, we'd need a multi-generational ship to get there in what -- approximately 380,000 years! By that time, we'll probably invent FTL (faster-than-light) technology, get to the planet in no time, and royally piss off the crew that left for the planet from way back in the 21st century!

Posted by Hube at April 24, 2007 05:18 PM | TrackBack

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Not so fast. What if they are eons ahead of us and use something other than radio signals? I.e the radio to them could be like an arrow or man-made spear is to our military's current weapons.

Posted by: AJ Lynch at April 24, 2007 09:28 PM

Heck, maybe the radio spectrum is really noisy because of solar flares, and they never developed radio.

Posted by: TJIC at April 24, 2007 09:31 PM

I think Global Warming will have taken care of all of us by then, Hube! ;-)

Posted by: Mike Matthews at April 24, 2007 10:28 PM

Perhaps all life has been wiped out because of their ignored global warming problem.(snark)

But really, there is a whole logical procession of things that makes it likely that they would be emitting radio signals if they were close to us, developmentally. Of course, if they were only a few hundred years behind us, they wouldn't be emitting. Think of how many times Kirk came upon planets just like that...

Plus we could really kick some serious tail if we showed up in our nice shiny spaceship in some pre-industrial society.

Posted by: LiberalGeek at April 25, 2007 08:28 AM

"Plus we could really kick some serious tail if we showed up in our nice shiny spaceship in some pre-industrial society."

You mean like Afghanistan?

Apparently LG isn't geeky enough to be up to speed on the Prime Directive - you know, how you aren't supposed to interfere with more primitive cultures, unless of course there are hot alien babes to nail.

Posted by: G Rex at April 25, 2007 02:18 PM

AJ: 1) Then they'd have the tech to reach us, at least, and 2) even with that, it stands to reason they'd search "lesser" communication bands for the existence of life.

I like TJIC's hypothesis. But do red dwarfs emit that much flare interference? I would think our own type of star would emit more.

Posted by: Hube at April 25, 2007 03:26 PM

Hube, can NASA scan for podcasts yet? Maybe the inhabitants of...have they named it yet? Maybe they stole Al Gore's ideas and went straight from banging hollow logs to the internet.

Posted by: G Rex at April 25, 2007 03:42 PM