10 billion earth-like planets may exist in our galaxy

Quoted from original article here at wired.com

“About 40 percent of red dwarf stars may have Earth-sized planets orbiting them that have the right conditions for life.

Red dwarfs – which are smaller and cooler than our sun – are extremely common, making up 80 percent of stars in the galaxy. Their ubiquity suggests that there are tens of billions of possible places to look for life beyond Earth, with at least 100 such planets located nearby.

The new estimate comes from a team of astronomers using the European Southern Observatory’s HARPS planet-hunting telescope to look at a sample of 102 nearby red dwarfs over a six-year period. The telescope checked for a characteristic wobble from the star, indicating that at least one planet was tugging on it while orbiting around.

The search found nine planets with between one and 10 Earth masses, including two in the habitable zone, possibly giving them the right temperature to have liquid water. Because red dwarfs don’t produce as much heat as our sun, their habitable zones occur much closer to the star.

Larger planets, about the size of Jupiter, were found around less than 12 percent of red dwarfs, suggesting they are rarer than small rocky worlds.

Until recently, astronomers could only guess at the number of stars with planets around them. Now, with the more than 700 confirmed exoplanets, researchers finally have enough data to begin homing in on the true number.

A previous team suggested that one quarter of sun-like stars have an Earth-sized planet around them, while another group estimated that one planet exists for each of the hundred billion stars in our galaxy.

Astronomers hope to someday build a telescope capable of directly imaging the light from an extrasolar planet and see if they contain the telltale chemicals of life, such as oxygen or methane.”

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The Mayan Calendar isn’t affected by what number our year is on

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-489786527478456160

How does our Gregorian calendar relate to the Mayan Calendar? Saw this awhile ago under the title of acceleration of time, and thought I’d lost it forever when the video disappeared but found it again under it’s original title I presume, and the full version. Ignore the little bits of metaphysical nonsense, cultiness and wierd humour style and it’s OK.


Robert Anton Wilson on Channeling and ET Contact

July 23rd 1973, that was the day I achieved contact with an extraterrestrial from Sirius or started hallucinating that i was depending on which way you want to look at it. I varied between both theories over the years.

Around 1973 I became convinced for awhile that I was receiving messages from outer space, but then a psychic reader told me I was actually channeling an ancient chinese philosopher, and another psychic reader told me I was channeling a medieval irish bard. at that time I started reading neurology and I decided it was just my right brain talking to my left brain. Then I went to ireland and found out it was a 6 foot tall white rabbit they call it the puka and the irish know all about it. So it depends on who I’m talking to which of these metaphors I use to explain where these weird patterns come from that jump out of the books and grab the readers and change their lives, its not me its a 6 foot tall rabbit.

R.A.W.

“Robert Anton Wilson (born Robert Edward Wilson, January 18, 1932 — January 11, 2007), the American author of 33 influential books, became, at various times, a novelist, philosopher, psychologist, essayist, editor, playwright, futurist, polymath, civil libertarian and self-described agnostic mystic. Recognized as an Episkopos, Pope, and a Saint of Discordianism by Discordians who care to label him as such, Wilson helped publicize the group/religion/melee through his writings, interviews, and strolls.

Wilson described his work as an “attempt to break down conditioned associations, to look at the world in a new way, with many models recognized as models or maps, and no one model elevated to the truth.” His goal being “to try to get people into a state of generalized agnosticism, not agnosticism about God alone but agnosticism about everything.”