Space Just Became A Lot Lonelier

The Drake equation (formulated in 1961) speculated on the likelihood of there being other life in the universe. Carl Sagan famously explained the equation on his PBS series “Cosmos.”

Scientist today are saying that though they’ve been finding planets circling distant stars, most are shrouded in poisonous clouds of gas and even those in the “habitable zone” have atmospheres incapable of sustaining life. More

36 Comments on Space Just Became A Lot Lonelier

  1. That makes the Earth the figurative, if not literal, center of the universe.

    Atheist scientists have been squawking for decades that Earth is not the center of the universe, so the Bible is wrong, blah, blah.

    Eff ’em all.

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  2. I figure one of 3 possibilities:
    1) God is at the center of the universe. (Unless on vacation.)
    2) The universe is an experiment, God is somewhere outside. (Yikes.)
    3) God IS the universe.

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  3. most are shrouded in poisonous clouds of gas and even those in the “habitable zone” have atmospheres incapable of sustaining life.

    So was the primordial earth. Photosynthetic and methanogenic life created the oxygen rich, low CO2 and HC atmosphere. If astronomers do find a oxygen rich atmosphere, they can be sure there is a lot of life on that planet.

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  4. That’s good.
    The rarer that life is, the better the chance of avoiding predation from a more advanced civilization.
    However, seeing the extreme environments life can live in, I bet there’s lots of rudimentary life out there.
    Life like us, not so much.

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  5. One thing is for certain: there is no stopping them; the ants will soon be here. And I, for one, welcome our new insect overlords. I’d like to remind them as a trusted TV personality, I can be helpful in rounding up others to toil in their underground sugar mines.

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  6. What they mean is that these planets are incapable of sustaining life like ours. They have no fucking clue what varieties of life exist out in the cosmos.

    Scientists these days truly fucking suck.

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  7. I met Frank Drake at the Green Bank Observatory when I Worked there. The equation is on a brass plaque over the fireplace in the meeting room.

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  8. This story is evidence that we will be able to relate, appreciate, and enjoy what God has planned for those of us who have placed their faith in Him for Eternal Life.

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  9. I certainly don’t think we should worry about whether or not there is other life out there… we’re never gonna know.

    I do however, believe that the likelyhood of plant life and m a y b e some kind of animal life being on another planet is very real.
    But there are no other beings as intelligent or important as us simply because God made us in his image so nothing tops it.

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  10. The likelihood that life is unique to one planet in the entire universe is statistically so close to zero as to be nonexistent. There are 100 billion stars in the Milky Way galaxy and there could be up to 2 trillion galaxies in the universe. That’s 200,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 – 200 septillion. If only one star in a billion has a planet (and it looks like there are a lot more than that), that’s still 200 trillion stars with at least one planet.

    Maybe my logick is phuzzy, but remember the rule “If it’s not expressly forbidden then it’s mandatory.”

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  11. the article addresses ‘habitable’ planets … ‘habitable’ for humans. just because carbon-based life forms adapted to the Earth cannot survive on such world doesn’t mean that other life forms (silicone-based?) could not survive

    a life form that could, hypothetically, evolve into a sentient entity would not necessarily have to do so by Earth eco-guidelines

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  12. @Chuffed

    IMO, the template that we do have is that areas of the world were uninhabited by humans in past times, although they had abundant vegetation and animal life. I expect that if we do find life on other planets, it will be of those forms.

    I think God gave humans not just the Earth, but the entire universe as ours to explore forever.

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  13. M. Plausible,

    “2) The universe is an experiment, God is somewhere outside. (Yikes.)”

    This is a given, except it’s not an experiment. “You will look for me, but you will not find me; and where I am, you cannot come.” -John 7:34.

    “I knew you before I formed you in your mother’s womb.” – Jeremiah 1:5

    One of the fundamental precepts of the Book of Job is that God is not subject to His creation. So the Universe appears to be 4.55 +-0.2 Billion years old to us. But the question you can’t answer… Is it still the 7th Day for Him?

    KR

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  14. More “computer models”…

    God lives in the dark and is the light. What is that dark energy that confounds scientists and is all of space. We know nothing, really.

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  15. They haven’t found planets that could sustain us, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t inhabited. Life as WE know may be rare in the universe, but that doesn’t mean Life is rare. It may exist in forms we can’t comprehend at all.

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  16. They haven’t found planets that could sustain us, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t inhabited. Life as WE know it may be rare in the universe, but that doesn’t mean Life is rare. It may exist in forms we can’t comprehend at all.

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  17. janitor, yes, we know nothing. It’s a hard lesson for some. But if we lived for a thousand years we’d know nothing. None of us, from the most erudite, to the simplest, know a fucking thing. THAT’S the most important lesson.

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  18. You are young and know everything. You get old and realize you can’t fucking fathom anything. We know nothing.

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  19. “Interstellar distances are God’s quarantine spaces.”
    (from some 50s or 60s Sci-Fi book)

    Most likely the space-aliens have their own kinds of Demonrats and Lawyers so their shit’s fucked up just like ours.

    “Can’t put the Interstellar Bypass through that Solar System till your Environmental Impact Statement is approved.”

    izlamo delenda est …

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