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Date: 01/15/12 08:50 AM

26 Responses to 100 Billion Planets? Seems We`re Not Alone

  1. Profile photo of canusuck
    canusuck Male 30-39
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    January 12, 2012 at 2:32 pm
    Link: 100 Billion Planets? Seems We`re Not Alone - Studies reveal potential for 100 Billion planets, in our galaxy alone.
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    iLove Female 18-29
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    January 15, 2012 at 9:44 am
    Uh... duh?
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    LillianDulci Female 18-29
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    January 15, 2012 at 9:48 am
    Obvious study results are obvious.
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    BlankTom Male 30-39
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    January 15, 2012 at 10:35 am
    It said that there are 100 billion planets in our galaxy alone. I`m amazed it`s such a round number. You would have thought it would be 100,000,000,008
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    BlankTom Male 30-39
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    January 15, 2012 at 10:36 am
    my favorite mitch hedberg joke.
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    Gerry1of1 Male 50-59
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    January 15, 2012 at 10:40 am

    And?.... Star Trek said this in 1966.

    Old news is not news.
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    Fatninja01 Male 30-39
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    January 15, 2012 at 11:08 am
    right o
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    LazyMe484 Male 18-29
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    January 15, 2012 at 11:14 am
    Can someone punch that into the Drake equation for me?

    How many intelligent civilizations in the galaxy right now?
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    Samsquanch Male 30-39
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    January 15, 2012 at 11:14 am
    Well, like Newton and gravity, yes, we have speculated this for over 100 years. But, we now have the science to back the theory.
    It`s still just speculation, and conjecture, seeing as how we are regarding anomalous readings from various methods (gravitational micro lensing
  10. Profile photo of Samsquanch
    Samsquanch Male 30-39
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    January 15, 2012 at 11:17 am
    Gravitational microlensing, light refraction, etc)...we have yet to actually "see" another planet. It will probably be a couple hundred years before we develop the technology to actually see an exoplanet.
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    Thetas Male 18-29
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    January 15, 2012 at 1:24 pm
    This is something we`ve known for decades at least.
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    Lardcarcass Male 40-49
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    January 15, 2012 at 3:59 pm
    @Samsquanch
    I think we could cut that figure down to 15 years if we could convert all the mental energy we spend looking for porn to looking for exoplanets.
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    Zed68 Male 40-49
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    January 15, 2012 at 5:27 pm
    @Samsquanch : we already have !! See !!
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    davymid Male 30-39
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    January 15, 2012 at 7:03 pm
    I think most of us would agree that it`s likely (we can argue about *how* likely) that there`s intelligent life out there in the universe somewhere. But the question is more, would they ever be able to reach and/or communicate with us through the vast distances of interstellar space.

    BUT here`s a funky idea - most of us have enough scientific knowledge (or at least have watched enough Star Trek!) to grasp the concept of interdimensional space-travel using wormholes, right?

    Well, say a technologically advanced race has harnessed wormhole technology, but there are no wormholes near our region of space - it would be like them having a telephone but us on earth not having one - a single telephone is pretty useless unless the other party has one, right?
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    davymid Male 30-39
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    January 15, 2012 at 7:03 pm
    BUT (here`s the funky bit), now that we`ve built huge particle accelerators such as CERN and are starting to experiment with them in earnest, it is entirely possible that over the coming decades we`ll be able to create a wormhole in one of these facilities... so then, we`ll have a "telephone" and open the door to visitation and/or communication from an advanced spacefaring race, right? So maybe we haven`t been able to discover intelligent extraterrestrial life YET (and couldn`t, until we had wormhole-creation technology), but it could be that we`re on the cusp of contact in the coming years and decades. Or rather, *they* would be contacting us...

    Interesting thought, n`est-ce pas?
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    Neoptolemos Male 30-39
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    January 15, 2012 at 11:54 pm
    100 billion planets in our galaxy alone?!?

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    Angilion Male 40-49
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    January 16, 2012 at 1:43 am
    Can someone punch that into the Drake equation for me?

    No, because it isn`t really an equation. It`s basically guess-a-number times guess-a-number. Since you`re just making up numbers for it, you can get any result you want.

    How many intelligent civilizations in the galaxy right now?

    The only known answer is "at least 1".
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    Angilion Male 40-49
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    January 16, 2012 at 1:51 am
    BUT (here`s the funky bit), now that we`ve built huge particle accelerators such as CERN and are starting to experiment with them in earnest, it is entirely possible that over the coming decades we`ll be able to create a wormhole in one of these facilities...

    No, it isn`t. You`re talking about a stable wormhole, since you go on to talk about communication and transportation through the wormhole. That would require magic unobtanium. Or Bajor`s gods, obviously.
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    Angilion Male 40-49
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    January 16, 2012 at 1:55 am
    Also...only 100 billion?
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    MrAtari Male 40-49
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    January 16, 2012 at 1:57 am
    And Enterprise wanted to visit them in a 5 year mission... That`s why "The next generation" was necessary, 5 years were obviously not enough (that`s why Picard speaks of a "continuing mission" )
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    Steelgrid Male 30-39
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    January 16, 2012 at 9:22 am
    News flash,

    IAB catches up to the 80s, news at 5 years ago...
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    Samsquanch Male 30-39
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    January 16, 2012 at 9:36 am
    Zed...again, those results are just based off speculation, and calculations based off of what *we* understand. Infrared light from some kind of stellar anomaly was detected around those stars. Our understanding of astrophysics suggest that these light anomalies are directly connected to planetary objects, given the observation of our own planetary system, so the probability of those being planets are extremely high.
    However...there is still a probability that we`re observing some phenomena that we haven`t discovered yet that could produce the same results...not likely, but in the realm of probability.
    So, until we send a probe to those candidate stars, and return standard res images of those anomalies, all we can do is still just speculate.
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    Samsquanch Male 30-39
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    January 16, 2012 at 9:38 am
    How many intelligent civilizations in the galaxy right now?


    The only known answer is "at least 1".

    You`re sure about that? Can you tell me which planet has intelligent life on it? The only planet that I know of that has life on it, does have a species of highly evolved primates who have just figured out for the most part how not to throw poo at each other...again, for the most part...there are still a number of the species who still throw literal and figurative poo at each other.
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    Angilion Male 40-49
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    January 16, 2012 at 4:44 pm
    You`re sure about that? Can you tell me which planet has intelligent life on it?

    Earth.

    Oh sure, you could decide to define "intelligent" as meaning "more intelligent than humans", but why? You could also decide that "intelligent life" is a completely meaningless phrase, since it has no definition. If you set the definition low enough, all life is intelligent. If you set it high enough, none is.
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    davymid Male 30-39
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    January 16, 2012 at 9:21 pm
    No, it isn`t. You`re talking about a stable wormhole, since you go on to talk about communication and transportation through the wormhole. That would require magic unobtanium. Or Bajor`s gods, obviously.
    And who`s to say we wouldn`t be able to stablise wormholes, whatever that means. Who would have thought of plastics in the 1850`s? I think it`s entirely possible.
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    PhotoKing Male 30-39
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    January 19, 2012 at 7:55 am
    and the christian church will claim all of them theirs...

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