Thursday, July 23, 2015
Life is probably closer than 1,400 light years away
Regular reader Dave alerted me to this story:
As any nerd can tell you, the Cygnus constellation is 1,400 light years away. That's where the Kepler telescope found a very-Earth-like planet called Kepler-452b. It's the best bet we have of finding life that evolved similar to ours, according to delusioned scientists. Why are they delusional?
1,400 light years away, that's why. Why can't we look for life instead, on the planet orbiting Epsilon Eridani which is only 10.5 light years away?
Surely Elon Musk is working on a revolutionary propulsion system that can move a spacecraft "manned" with robots at maybe 0.1c. Then people about 110 years from now can be awed by that promising data.
Who cares about what's happening 1,400 light years away?