According to a new report published in the Astrophysical Journal, the Milky Way Galaxy may have at least 100 Billion alien planets. Perhaps even double that according to John Johnson of Cal Tech and lead author Jonathan Swift. Since 2009, the Kepler Space Telescope has discovered some 2,300 possible planets. Most of these being large, gas giants like Jupiter, orbiting about M-Dwarf stars, the most common in our galaxy. Scientists, like Abel Mendez of the Planetary Habitability Laboratory at the University of Puerto Rico, predict that the first ′Earth twin′ planet may be discovered sometime in 2013 or 2014. Kepler has already begun to discover Earth-sized planets in the ′Green Zone′ of some stars, that being the distance from a star where moderate temperatures allow for the possibility of liquid water.
So what do you think about our galaxy being rich in alien planets? This is an open thread, so you may comment on this subject, or any other topic you wish. I chose to bring this subject up as we may need to start seriously thinking about leaving Earth after the reelection of Barack Obama. Let′s face facts, there seems little hope in our current breed of politicians to resolve any of the long term problems we find ourselves in. So maybe it is time for the clever and the capable to escape?
Sure, we can all drone on more about fiscal cliffs, debt ceilings, gun control, and the dozens of other major issues confronting us. But they all general boil down to the same question, can we govern ourselves? Do we need a Big Government to play Nanny for all of us or are we capable of making up our own minds? Given the current situation and trends, it appears that most of our fellow countrymen want Big Government.
In olden days, those who felt oppressed had places to run to. Most came here to North America to pursue religious, economic and politic freedom. But where would one go nowadays? Singapore? Sure, it offers many opportunities, but it is still a nation bordering on Fascism. Switzerland seems nice but then you are still stuck in the center of Europe which is unraveling. Some propose to ′sea-stead′, such as the folks behind BlueSeed, a planned Libertarian oasis parked offshore beyond the 12-mile limit of the U.S. West Coast. But is that far enough away to truly provide a safe landing for future freedom lovers?
If the authors of the new study published in Astrophysical Journal are correct, there may be between 100 to 200 Billion alien planets in our Milky Way Galaxy. John Johnson and Jonathan Swift of Cal Tech are optimistic that the Kepler Space Telescope will find alien Earth-like planets. Abel Mendez of the Planetary Habitability Laboratory in Puerto Rico think that day may come sometime in this or next year. While most stars in our galaxy are M-Dwarf types, smaller than our own Sun, the possibility of a new home for the human race is looking very bright.