When you consider you life on this planet do you think of it as a microcosm of activity? Do you look to the heavens and only see a few thousand or so planets, if that, all devoid of life? The news that the Milky Way has an estimated 17 billion planets of a similar size to Earth must surely question that assumption. It is hard to imagine that in such a vast Milky Way, and beyond, Earth is the only inhabited planet. Much may depend on your religious belifes and how you chose to interpert religious works, such as the Bible.
The Bible was written many years after Christ. This means that many of its stories will have been written from "hand me down" information. If you work in somewhere like an office, for example, you will know full well how the telling of incidents changes in even a short space of time.
No matter what your beliefs the news that our home, Earth, is situated in such a packed environment must be mind boggling. Looking up to the heavens at night few people can grasp the immensity of Space. Even scientisists struggle to comprehend Space. Over time theories change as scientific research proves or refutes various claims.Remember at one time people believed the earth was flat and not round. A few still do so.
According to SkyNews. the galaxy which is home to our Solar System, has around a 100 billion stars. Dr Francois Fressin of the Harvard-Smithsonian Centre for Astrophysics presented the latest findings Monday. Speaking at an astronomy meeting he said that it was "too early to call" how many planets where habitable. The figure of 17 billion planets was reached after further analysis of data collected by Nasa's Kepler telescope, launched in 2009 to track down "other Earths". "If you look up on a starry night, each star you're looking at, almost each one of them, has a planetary system," he said..
In our quest for habitable or uninhabited planets we are of course using our needs as a rule of thumb. Life that is not supported in the same way as ours is possible, or probable maybe. Perhaps if it was proven 100% that Earth was our only hope for the fuiture we would care for it more. That could just be a pipe dream though. Prior space travel mankind was damaging the planet, satisfying greed and not looking too far ahead.
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