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Galaxy has 'billions of Earths
BBC ^ | 15 February 2009 | NS

Posted on 02/15/2009 7:53:31 PM PST by Bringbackthedraft

There could be one hundred billion Earth-like planets in our galaxy, a US conference has heard.

(Excerpt) Read more at news.bbc.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Astronomy; Science
KEYWORDS: astronomy; exoplanet; space; spacecolonization; xplanets
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We are not alone. Out of a gazillion planets there has to be other intelligent life out there. My money is on life on other planets. We will eventually find them, but getting there will be the problem.
1 posted on 02/15/2009 7:53:31 PM PST by Bringbackthedraft
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To: Bringbackthedraft
We will eventually find them, but getting there will be the problem.

God separated these planets and stars far apart for a reason. Based on how well we get along on this planet we probably would not want to come into contact with other civilizations. We could be exterminated.

2 posted on 02/15/2009 7:59:52 PM PST by plain talk
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To: Bringbackthedraft

Huzzah! I’ve entered this thread early on.


3 posted on 02/15/2009 8:01:13 PM PST by Jedi Master Pikachu ( I've started to use 'I' again.)
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To: Bringbackthedraft; KevinDavis; SunkenCiv

Pings.


4 posted on 02/15/2009 8:01:44 PM PST by Jedi Master Pikachu ( I've started to use 'I' again.)
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To: plain talk

Thats all Obama had to hear. Lets start a government program that will get ready for immigration from other planets. Dam, to late, they already passed it Friday...Next one....


5 posted on 02/15/2009 8:02:00 PM PST by Edizzl79 (you want my guns..come and get em...I dare ya....)
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To: Bringbackthedraft

“In My Father’s house are many dwelling places;...”
John 14:2


6 posted on 02/15/2009 8:04:03 PM PST by Mike Darancette (Stimulate this Obama!)
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To: Bringbackthedraft

Interesting. I remember our pastor way back in 69 preaching about space. He conjectured that yes there were humans on other worlds light years distant, but they had never fallen from grace. In that respect we alone were “special”.


7 posted on 02/15/2009 8:05:37 PM PST by Dallas59 ("You know the one with the big ears? He might be yours, but he ain't my president.")
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To: Bringbackthedraft

I’ll need directions...and quick!


8 posted on 02/15/2009 8:05:38 PM PST by tsmith130
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To: Bringbackthedraft

I wonder if there are Mexican illegals there...?


9 posted on 02/15/2009 8:07:26 PM PST by gaijin
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To: Jedi Master Pikachu

thanks Jedi Master Pikachu.

We are not alone: ‘trillions’ of planets could be supporting life
Times Online | 02/15/09 | Mark Henderson
Posted on 02/15/2009 11:03:43 AM PST by KevinDavis
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/2186232/posts

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Earth-like planet could be discovered within three years
The Guardian | 02/15/09 | Ian Sample
Posted on 02/15/2009 10:40:53 AM PST by KevinDavis
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/2186226/posts


10 posted on 02/15/2009 8:09:23 PM PST by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/____________________ Profile updated Monday, January 12, 2009)
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thanks Jedi Master Pikachu.
 
X-Planets
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11 posted on 02/15/2009 8:09:37 PM PST by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/____________________ Profile updated Monday, January 12, 2009)
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To: Bringbackthedraft

Well good. Maybe us Conservatives can all rocket to one of these “new Earths” and start anew. Maybe we can set up some intelligent life THERE, because the ‘RATS are sure close to putting us over the cliff here!


12 posted on 02/15/2009 8:10:30 PM PST by RocketMan1
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To: Bringbackthedraft
we are so arrogant.
we assume the things WE need to support life are the ONLY things needed to support life.
13 posted on 02/15/2009 8:11:01 PM PST by stylin19a (Obama - the ethical exception asterisk administration)
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To: Bringbackthedraft
Out of a gazillion planets there has to be other intelligent life out there

No there doesn't. ...not that I don't think there is I just think there really isn't any logic to the statement.

14 posted on 02/15/2009 8:11:50 PM PST by frogjerk (It is a poverty to decide that a child must die so that you may live as you wish - Mother Teresa)
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To: Bringbackthedraft
Out of a gazillion planets there has to be other intelligent life out there. My money is on life on other planets.

If there is intelligent life elsewhere, it's probably an apex predator like humans. Since there can only be one apex predator it will most likely see us as competitors and wipe us out, if its technology is sufficiently advanced.

15 posted on 02/15/2009 8:12:25 PM PST by TheWasteLand
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To: Dallas59

As I recall, scripture states that the entire CREATION has been groaning ever since the fall of man and all is anxiouslly waiting, groaning until the sons of God are revealed at the last. I reckon it’s all part of the total creation.


16 posted on 02/15/2009 8:15:13 PM PST by Twinkie (WHAT ABOUT SOME MSM FAIRNESS?)
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To: Bringbackthedraft
My money is on life on other planets. We will eventually find them

It would seem only the arrogant, or possibly ignorant amongst us would suggest out of the potential of hundreds of billions of planets, we are somehow the only planet to have life.

17 posted on 02/15/2009 8:15:21 PM PST by dragnet2
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To: Bringbackthedraft

Galaxy has ‘billions of Earths’

Pity the poor Galaxy.


18 posted on 02/15/2009 8:15:52 PM PST by KrisKrinkle (Blessed be those who know the depth and breadth of their ignorance. Cursed be those who don't.)
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To: Bringbackthedraft
Yes, but will these aliens be tall, beautiful blonds with three breasts?
19 posted on 02/15/2009 8:16:01 PM PST by LdSentinal
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To: frogjerk

Yup you are right.


20 posted on 02/15/2009 8:19:23 PM PST by Secret Agent Man (I'd like to tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.)
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To: Bringbackthedraft
Well...you never know...
21 posted on 02/15/2009 8:21:53 PM PST by HoosierHawk (Democrats - Looting American citizens for generations to come.)
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To: Bringbackthedraft

Aw man, just when I thought I was unique!


22 posted on 02/15/2009 8:22:33 PM PST by popdonnelly (I went to an Obama Townhall and threw away my crutches!)
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To: Bringbackthedraft

I believe it, instinctually. But when the BBC writes and say it is so, I begin to question my belief. I wonder how future articles will work global warming into this.


23 posted on 02/15/2009 8:22:34 PM PST by wgflyer (Liberalism is to society what HIV is to the immune system.)
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To: Bringbackthedraft

Swell. Let’s move to another one and leave the Dems to screw up this one the rest of the way.


24 posted on 02/15/2009 8:24:31 PM PST by dr_who
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To: wgflyer
"I wonder how future articles will work global warming into this."

They already use Venus for a 'look, that could happen to us!'

25 posted on 02/15/2009 8:25:10 PM PST by Jedi Master Pikachu ( I've started to use 'I' again.)
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To: HoosierHawk

Monty Python always makes me smile. :)


26 posted on 02/15/2009 8:29:22 PM PST by divine_moment_of_facts
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To: Twinkie

Neat to think that all these worlds we are discovering are home to men still under direct guidance from God. Perhaps they have advanced so far that they do travel from place to place...with the exception of Earth. Maybe the Earth is forbidden to them because of the fall.


27 posted on 02/15/2009 8:30:55 PM PST by Dallas59 ("You know the one with the big ears? He might be yours, but he ain't my president.")
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To: Bringbackthedraft

Billions of planets. Give me funding to find them . . . Garbage hype.


28 posted on 02/15/2009 8:33:46 PM PST by aimhigh
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To: divine_moment_of_facts

: )


29 posted on 02/15/2009 8:38:51 PM PST by HoosierHawk (Democrats - Looting American citizens for generations to come.)
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To: aimhigh

“There’s billions and billions of stars in the galaxy”
Carl Sagan
“There’s billions and billions of dollars in the stimulus package”
B. Obama


30 posted on 02/15/2009 8:39:01 PM PST by Mr. Right Now
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To: Bringbackthedraft
Outpost
31 posted on 02/15/2009 8:40:59 PM PST by Dallas59 ("You know the one with the big ears? He might be yours, but he ain't my president.")
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To: plain talk
God separated these planets and stars far apart for a reason. Based on how well we get along on this planet we probably would not want to come into contact with other civilizations. We could be exterminated.

Aside from religous ideas, the mere distance would suggest we would never come into contact.

32 posted on 02/15/2009 8:45:01 PM PST by jbarntt (Tagline:optional, printed after your name on post): -30-)
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To: Bringbackthedraft

My theory is that there are/were lots of intelligent races. So why have we not found it—or had it found us? The answer is both where and when they are with respect to us. I agree with Arthur C. Clarke: every intelligent race either: a) becomes God-like (shaking off its physical form), b) destroys itself violently, c) peaks, becomes stagnant, and eventually degenerates back into the muck. I think the window where an intelligent race might be able and interested in communicating with another is very short: anywhere from 1K to 100K years. Given this, plus the distances involved, its very unlikely that one will actually find another.

BTW—I think humans will either take the b) or c) route.


33 posted on 02/15/2009 8:46:30 PM PST by rbg81 (DRAIN THE SWAMP!!)
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To: dragnet2
It would seem only the arrogant, or possibly ignorant amongst us would suggest ...we are somehow the only planet to have life.

Until you ponder the improbability of even us being here.

34 posted on 02/15/2009 8:47:06 PM PST by BlueYonder
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To: LdSentinal
Yes, but will these aliens be tall, beautiful blonds with three breasts?

The third one is on the back... for dancing.

35 posted on 02/15/2009 8:48:24 PM PST by MarineBrat (The New York Times is a Communist Kamikaze.)
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To: jbarntt
Aside from religous ideas, the mere distance would suggest we would never come into contact

Unless we can vastly increase the speed of our spaceships or they already have light speed capability.

36 posted on 02/15/2009 8:50:49 PM PST by Ronaldus Magnus Reagan (What's the difference between the Prophet Mohammed and Charles Manson?)
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To: BlueYonder

LOL...No need to ponder, there are billions of us here.

In addition, if this one planet can have billions of us, not to mention trillions of other life forms, then it would seem to make it even more plausible that tens of billion of other earth like planets could harbor life as well.


37 posted on 02/15/2009 8:51:28 PM PST by dragnet2
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To: Bringbackthedraft

read “the rare earth”
by a couple of university of washington profs.
Also, do not thik there is a simple solutin to fermi’s paradox.


38 posted on 02/15/2009 8:58:22 PM PST by genghis
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To: KevinDavis
PING!!!


39 posted on 02/15/2009 9:00:04 PM PST by Thunder90
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To: Bringbackthedraft

Since there are gazillions of planets, it is probable that somewhere out there, there is a planet whose geological features form a perfect likeness of Alfred E. Newman. In fact, it is a statistical near certainty. It would be pure arrogance to think that a planet that looks just like Alfred E. Newman doesn’t exist in this vast universe of ours.


40 posted on 02/15/2009 9:01:25 PM PST by Yardstick
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To: Yardstick

If we find one we need to name it 0bama.


41 posted on 02/15/2009 9:02:18 PM PST by Richard Kimball (We're all criminals. They just haven't figured out what some of us have done yet.)
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To: LdSentinal
Yes, but will these aliens be tall, beautiful blonds with three breasts?


42 posted on 02/15/2009 9:04:59 PM PST by JRios1968 (Sarah Palin is what Willis was talkin' about!)
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To: Richard Kimball

Even an asteroid will be insulted if you name it Obama.


43 posted on 02/15/2009 9:12:30 PM PST by max americana
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To: Bringbackthedraft

The original thought behind SETI was we’d point our “ears” in any direction and hear millions of civilizations speaking to each other... We put on our ears and ... nothing. In every direction. Nada. No one. Zip.


44 posted on 02/15/2009 9:13:40 PM PST by GOPJ (What's caused 19 deaths, makes travel difficult, and won't melt til April? Global Warming.FR:Dentist)
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I think the scientists who still think there billions and billions of civilizations out there are the same people who try to sell global warming.


45 posted on 02/15/2009 9:15:16 PM PST by GOPJ (What's caused 19 deaths, makes travel difficult, and won't melt til April? Global Warming.FR:Dentist)
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To: Bringbackthedraft
Certainly at least one planet out of the one hundred billion Earth-like planets must be populated by beautiful Amazonian women. Spend more on NASA now!
46 posted on 02/15/2009 9:15:55 PM PST by NavyCanDo (You think you have enough guns, until the Zombies come.)
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“BTW—I think humans will either take the b) or c) route.”

Tend to agree. It’ll be a close call whether the Humanists force c) or us or whether the Muslims get to b) first.


47 posted on 02/15/2009 9:35:41 PM PST by ModelBreaker
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To: GOPJ
Where do you get that? No one ever claimed that.

If you feel we are so special, and we are the only planet out of tens of hundreds of billions to harbor life, fine...But don't just make crap up like you have here.

48 posted on 02/16/2009 9:16:03 AM PST by dragnet2
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To: Bringbackthedraft

Okay. That means that our whole solar system could be, like one tiny atom in the fingernail of some other giant being... This is too much! That means one tiny atom in my fingernail could be—

Could be one little tiny universe.

Could I buy some pot from you?


49 posted on 02/16/2009 9:21:22 AM PST by dfwgator (1996 2006 2008 - Good Things Come in Threes)
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To: GOPJ
In addition, no reputable scientist made that statement. You're just making this crap up as you go along.

What they are saying in the article, if you bother to read the article, is that the potential for earth like planets, ie: similar atmosphere's, distance from other similar stars as our own, water, etc etc is likely, which would suggest the chances for life to exist outside of earth would dramatically increase.

50 posted on 02/16/2009 9:32:40 AM PST by dragnet2
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