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.”
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.
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.
“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.”
Jason Silva. Futurist… and self proclaimed Ecstatic Truth Lover and Techno Optimist.
More at http://vimeo.com/jasonsilva
Happy new year. Today we will leave you with a few semi-random videos of interest. Have a great 2012.
Original article here.
The inner workings of supermassive black holes may be less hostile than we realize, possibly with stable regions where life and even planets could exist, according to Russian cosmologist Vyacheslav Dokuchaev at Moscow’s Institute for Nuclear Research of the Russian Academy of Sciences. Charged and rotating black holes have a complex internal structure that allow photons and particles of much greater magnitude to safely orbit the central singularity.
Gravitational tides within the central singularity are so powerful that even light gets sucked Dokuchaev has studied the dynamics of surrounding stable periodic planetary orbits, that neither neither terminate at the central singularity nor exit the black hole, creating space for life in the spinning black hearts of the active galactic nuclei.
Dokuchaev’s research demonstrates that “living inside the eternal black holes is possible in principle, if these black holes are rotating or charged and massive enough for weakening the tidal forces and radiation of gravitational waves to acceptable level.” Type III advanced civilizations on the Kardashev scale that have achieved mastery of the resources of their galaxy, could inhabit such black hole interiors.
“We hypothesize that the advanced civilizations may live safely inside the supermassive black holes in the galactic nuclei being invisible from the outside,” writes Dokuchaev in his study.
“The naked central singularity illuminates the orbiting internal planets and provides the energy supply for life supporting,” he adds. “Some additional highlighting during the night time comes from eternally circulating photons.”
Upon arrival at the event horizon of a black hole a theoretical observer enters a region where the radial dimension is more time-like than space-like. Beyond this is the inner Cauchy horizon where the dimensions again reverse, shifting into a plane where stable orbits for massive planets exist. The Cauchy horizon is a light-like boundary where one side of the horizon contains closed space-like geodesics and the other side contains closed time-like geodesics.
“This internal black hole domain, hidden by the two horizons from the whole external universe, is indeed a suitable place for safe inhabitation,” Dokuchaev writes. “The only thing needed is to put your vehicle or your planet to a stable periodic orbit inside the black hole.” To exist in this realm, any such civilizations would have to have overcome extreme conditions, such as massive tidal forces.
“Yet, some difficulties (or advantages?) of a life inside black holes are worth mentioning, such as a possible causality violation and the growing energy density in the close vicinity of the Cauchy horizon.”