Science Daily posted an article today on the discovery of not one or two, but three Goldilocks Zone planets. Not only that, but they are surrounding a relatively close star group. In other words, we may really not be alone in the neighborhood. What does this news purport?
For the scientist, it is a bonanza. In the case of this star system, Gliese 667c, a much dimmer star than our own, it means that habitable planets can exist much closer to them and therefore increase the odds for earth-like planets. On hotter planets, like our own, planets with flowing water need to be, well, 93 million miles distant. That ‘dead’ zone between Earth and Sun could contain earth-friendly environments which, previously, have been overlooked by astronomers.
One author of the study said,
“The number of potentially habitable planets in our galaxy is much greater if we can expect to find several of them around each low-mass star — instead of looking at ten stars to look for a single potentially habitable planet, we now know we can look at just one star and find several of them.”
Two questions arise on this recent discovery. First, do we and how do we attempt to confirm life outside of the Solar System? Secondly, an important religious question is raised: If intelligent life does exist elsewhere in our galaxy, do these ‘folks’ need to have a blood sacrifice like the one that we homo sapiens ‘needed?’ [UptheFlag groans].
Well, it could be a major issue with the fundamentalists throughout the world. What would happen to their so-called holy books and doctrines if new intelligent life forms were discovered outside of our own planet?