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(Cosmiverse)   New observations suggest there are literally millions of Earth-like planets in our Milky Way galaxy alone. But where is E.T.?   ( divider line
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2002-04-10 11:11:27 AM  
Where is E.T.?

Languishing at the bottom of movie takes
2002-04-10 11:11:32 AM  
Is there anybody out there?
2002-04-10 11:11:38 AM  
In Elliot's bike basket.
2002-04-10 11:12:24 AM  
fark E.T. I want to know where Alf is...i mean other than in the phone commercials.
2002-04-10 11:13:48 AM  
E.T. is a figment of your imagination. Move along.
2002-04-10 11:13:52 AM  
I agree with Ascicles...let's find Melmac...wait it's destroyed...let's go back in time and find Melmac...and Krypton...maybe...
2002-04-10 11:14:00 AM  
Heh. They said "tiddlers"
2002-04-10 11:15:59 AM  
The whole frickin' article is hypothetical. Waste of time.
2002-04-10 11:16:15 AM  
Were's my manual on making worm holes....
2002-04-10 11:16:56 AM  
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2002-04-10 11:17:32 AM  
Holy farking shiat, I just simulposted with Fb-.
2002-04-10 11:17:33 AM  
But deliriously, could one of their stimulated
'earthlike' planets have any of our amenities? Even a planet with the same ratio of nitrogen-oxygen-argon-C02: would it have trees or onions or beefstock? I mean WHAT'S THE DEAL HERE?

How about a planet of wild Jennifer Connollys?
2002-04-10 11:19:07 AM  
11:12 am EST ? Isn't it a little bit early for a Cosmiverse article , since all the Usual Suspect Farkers who bash Cosmiverse have not woke up yet ?

Also , I love Milky Way bars.
2002-04-10 11:20:26 AM  
Why is this spiffy? Should be obvious. An infinite number of starts (really big in our galaxy, anyway) and we think Earth is the only one like Earth? That's a sufficient Improbability to get you pretty much anywhere.

Who was it that said something to the effect of, If God created us and we are unique, then the universe is one big waste of space?
2002-04-10 11:20:36 AM  
Fb-: It's shown, not "showen".

Now you can give me one of those awards.
2002-04-10 11:21:16 AM  
In recent years nearly 100 planets have been discovered in orbits around other stars, but none of these "exoplanets" remotely resembles the Earth.
'Course not. Scientists are still trying hard to spot gas giants. It's a cool idea, though. As for 'public announcements', this just reinforces Carl Sagan's theories on the likelihood of other earth-like planets in the universe. Nifty.
2002-04-10 11:21:26 AM  
Those are just my earthlike planet nightlites.
2002-04-10 11:22:48 AM  
Does anyone know which one Astrocat inhabits?
2002-04-10 11:22:58 AM  
Douglas Adams said that since the Universe is endless, there must be a planet that just "grows" stuff... mattresses, Jenifer Connollys, etc.

And we all know you can take anything a sci-fi author says as religious truth, right? :)
2002-04-10 11:23:49 AM  
"Although we do not yet have the capability to detect 'tiddlers' like the Earth..."

So there are other, smaller breasts out there than the Earth. Hmmm. Or masturbators. Or something.
2002-04-10 11:25:30 AM  
I forgot my reciept after I pooped on one of those planets. They took my arm off for it
2002-04-10 11:27:02 AM  
I think astronomers spend too much time staring at the sky. "Goldilocks zones" and "tiddlers"? I get Goldilocks, but what the hell's a tiddler? When my puppy pees on the floor, I call him a "piddler", but that's hardly the same thing, is it?
2002-04-10 11:27:36 AM  
We really hit the lottery as far as having a planet that has the conditions necessary to develop intelligent life.

You've heard of narrow bands around a star where a planet can exist with liquid water and a temperature within the ranges conducive to development of carbon-based life? Well in a recent Sci-Am, it was suggested that there are narrow bands inside galaxies where these earthlike planets can exist, bands with necessary concentrations of heavy elements that are needed for earthlike life.

So we're lucky enough to be in a narrow band inside a narrow band.

Plus there are a million more variables that we were lucky enough to have go our way in addition to the galactic/solar system position thing.
2002-04-10 11:30:13 AM  
Scientists never considered we're the most advanced civilization in the galaxy. huh.
2002-04-10 11:36:03 AM  
2002-04-10 11:38:43 AM  
If television broadcasts out of the Middle East reach other civilizations before we do, I'm sure they'll welcome us with open arms

</bitter sarcasm mixed with reality>
2002-04-10 11:40:45 AM  
fb- : nice certificate, except it's "shown" not "showen"
2002-04-10 11:44:19 AM  
But where is Mahir?

Camp X-Ray on Rigel 7?
2002-04-10 11:48:48 AM  
According to the movie 'Contact' the first message to hit ET will be the opening ceremonies from the Olympic Games in Berlin.
2002-04-10 11:56:49 AM  
I agree with is showen Fb...and where's the thread that chases Alf and Melmac...I'm still waiting.
2002-04-10 11:59:54 AM  
*Screams epithets at Scaryduck and Nairbyelroc for not reading thread.*
2002-04-10 12:10:23 PM  
this should have a duh tag. As many many many many people have already said the propabilty(sp?) that Earth is the only...well earthlike planet out there...the odds are astronomical that there have to be other planets capable of sustaining intelligent life.
2002-04-10 12:18:29 PM  
"The surest sign of intelligent life in this univerise is the fact that no one has tried to contact us."

-Calvin "Calvin and Hobbes"
(I think)
2002-04-10 12:29:04 PM  
Sagen thought the Universe was full of other planets, yeah, he was one nifty dude.

They really don't even know for sure what it is around the other stars they've studied, they 'think' they're jovian planets, but until we can reduce the glare from the stars and really look, we'll never know.

There is supposed to be a pretty radical telescope launched into orbit in 2007, that uses a modern configuration of HUGE mirrors to filter out light, we'll see. They'll also take Hubble out of orbit and put it in the Smithsonian, cool.
2002-04-10 12:29:43 PM  

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2002-04-10 01:06:22 PM  
Sorry, ET's and other planetary life are contrary to the bible. Therefore it's not possible. End of story.
2002-04-10 01:42:17 PM  
There has to be life on other planets...i'm defininetly not from this planet. There must be some sort of mistake.
2002-04-10 02:46:59 PM  
"We really hit the lottery as far as having a planet that has the conditions necessary to develop intelligent life. "

Yeah, and that's just one of so many bizarre occurences happening all the time. Other examples:

* Jesus being born on exactly the same day as Christmas. How did he do it!? And he died perfectly in time for easter as well. A miracle.

* Me having my own parents. I mean, what if would have some other person's parents!? That would make really confusing birthday parties, wouldn't it!?

* The color blue being so, well... blue. It could very well have been red that was blue, you know. Blue was really lucky there.
2002-04-10 03:20:35 PM  
yeaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa now our dreams of not saving this planet, farking it up more, then moving on to the next earth have finaly become true

That will make the human race a desise officialy, and then think of movies like independence day, only wed be the aliens............
2002-04-10 03:28:09 PM  
the aliens think we're retarded, they're laughing at us for light years away
2002-04-10 03:39:54 PM  
What would fundies have to say about this?
2002-04-10 05:02:58 PM  
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2002-04-10 05:56:54 PM  
Way to go, mister researcher. Lets put a lot of simulated earthlike planets in suitable orbits around suitalbe stars and see how they would offer the right conditions for life to evolve.
Why didnt they just find a star that is exactly like the sun and put a simulated Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Asteroid Belt, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Pluto around it and call that evidence for a second human civilisation?
2002-04-10 06:16:08 PM  
El-Ravager:Why didnt they just find a star that is exactly like the sun and put a simulated Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Asteroid Belt, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Pluto around it and call that evidence for a second human civilisation?

Um...what were YOU reading?

But odds are there ARE other intelligent species out there somewhere. It's obvious simple logic. The only argument against it is religiously based and hence irrelevent in any logical sense.
2002-04-10 06:58:12 PM  
Intelligent life is smart enough to stay the smeg away from Earth.
2002-04-10 07:42:40 PM  
ET is everywhere. doncha know?
2002-04-10 08:51:04 PM  
Good point Armstrong. :)

I don't think humans have the mental capacity to understand exactly what is and isn't conditions for life. Theory of Relativity you know? We can only theorize based on our own experience and from our own point of view.

By the way, E.T. is in a theater near you.
2002-04-10 09:05:12 PM  
I believe that we will be the ones discovering other life, rather than them finding us. I mean, dont you think other Intelligent life form would be spending their time discovering to the fullest the planet on which they live?

Outer space is fun, i like to go there sometimes, but damm it, tell me what the hell is at the bottom of the ocean first. We're all worried about up there, and thats when the giant octopus and squid come up to surface. Screw you Independance Day.
2002-04-10 10:05:48 PM  
I think it is likely that we, the human race, will never have any other inhabitable planet than Earth.

I suggest we take care of it.
2002-04-11 12:22:15 AM  
too bad the spice is only found on arrakus... :[
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