100 Billion Planets

I was browsing the web looking for information on minor planets, curious what the recent count for our solar system was (250,000).  Lots of interesting material, they estimate that less than 10% of the minor planets and asteroids in our solar system are accounted for but already that accounts for more matter than in all the major planets combined, which suggests to me tremendous mineral wealth out there.  It’s just a question of the energy it takes to get to them.  Chemical rockets are rather crude and inefficient, and they have this nasty disposition to blow up from time to time.

The Earth is differentiated, gravity has to a large degree separated the elements, with the heaviest going to the core, and the lightest to the crust.  There is still some mixing owing to convection but there must be a wealth of heavy metals besides iron in the core, maybe the very core of the core, and we’ll never be able to get to them.

But these asteroids and minor planets, most of them are not large enough to be differentiated the way the Earth and other major planets are.  That means they won’t be hiding their gold and rare earth’s and other heavy valuable metals below 2000 miles of semi-molten rock, they’ll be right there at the surface mixed in with everything else where they’re readily available to any civilization that has sufficiently mastered space travel to get to them.  So far that appears not to be us, but if we were to actually get fusion reactors to work, that would change almost overnight.  The energy requirements of space-flight would suddenly become trivial.

In our Milky Way galaxy alone there are estimated to be between 200 and 400 billion stars and 100 billion planets.  Those numbers go up every time we get a better telescope and are probably an under-estimate, especially planets.  Roughly half the stars we’ve surveyed have been found to have planets and our ability to detect planets is presently limited to large planets in tight orbits that have sufficient gravitational influence on their parent star to cause a wobble detectable from Earth or when the orbit of a planet around a star is edge on and we can see the planet transit the parent star.  If we’ve found single planets around half the stars we’ve surveyed and undoubtedly many of those stars have multiple planets that our current technology is not capable of detecting, others where we’ve detected no planets either have smaller planets or gas giants in distant enough orbits that we don’t detect the slight wobble they induce, then it’s clear our estimate is actually highly conservative.

It seems to me odds are very good that advanced life forms exist on many other planets in this galaxy alone, some of it for much longer than we’ve existed, some of it much more advanced.  I suspect many have evolved to the point where they’ve mastered fusion, space flight within their own solar system, and perhaps even exploited physics we don’t understand, that which makes interstellar travel possible.

Life, to me, appears to be almost anti-entropic.  It creates information.  It creates order where there was chaos.  It’s not strictly anti-entropic as life consumes energy to do all of this, enormous quantities of energy.  It seems likely to me that other intelligent species have been a little less willing to destroy each other and a little more willing to think and plan for the future when planetary resources get tight and likely have already occupied their entire solar system to use extra-planetary resources.

I believe the evidence is overwhelming that some have come to our planet.  You don’t have to look very far on the net to find pictures and video of strange things that seem to defy terrestrial explanations.  That would be convincing if it were not for Photoshop and applications like it.  But for me, I’ve seen and photographed some things that either defy terrestrial explanation or if it’s part of some black project, then that black project has found ways to manipulate gravity and space-time.

I’ve photographed on three occasions and seen on one of those three, what people are calling orbs, these aren’t the lens flare or illuminated dust things people are referring to as spirits of some sort, they are orb shaped objects at high altitudes that seem to be reflective and more strangely seemed to distort space, or at least the path of light, around them.  From time to time they show up in Google data, or at least did three years ago, I haven’t seen them recently.  When they do show up in Google data, the Earth below is distorted around the orb.  Somehow they bend the light or the space through which the light travels.  They are capable of remaining in a steady position or accelerating rapidly.

A group of them which I photographed from Juanita Beach about four years ago (2008) came through a cloud and then was followed by a commercial jet coming through the same cloud at same altitude.  Photographing both allowed me to get an idea as to the size of these.  The ones in this group, I estimated at 6-8 feet in diameter.

These things seem to have some characteristics that are beyond our capabilities.  If they were lighter than air craft, they would not be capable of the rapid acceleration and maneuvering I’ve observed.  If they were conventional aircraft they’d have wings, engines, props, but they have nothing of the sort, just spherical things with no visible parts.  Whether these things are of extraterrestrial origin or ours doesn’t really matter because either way they prove that physics beyond what we understand exists.  We may not know how to manipulate space-time, or we may, but either way it is possible, someone does.  Whether that someone is extraterrestrial or some black project group is immaterial, the fact that it is doable means we probably are being visited.

With an estimate of 100 Billion planets in our galaxy alone (and I am sure that will go up as our technology to detect them improves), that makes it seem more likely than not that much of the unexplainable phenomena in our skies is in fact visitors from other intelligent races.

My own belief is that the universe is just teaming with intelligent life, but for every civilization that succeeded, many failed.  The discovery of element 92 was probably a challenge that many failed to get past.  Those that didn’t solve energy issues before running out of atmosphere probably went the way of the folks on Easter Island.  But some survived, and I suspect to them, we became interesting when they noticed gamma ray flashes coming from a planet circling an otherwise fairly ordinary star.  We’ve got an ever expanding ring of gamma ray photons signalling to all it passes by that we’ve created the atomic bomb and now are capable of doing a number of things, total self annihilation, and production of energy from sources much more compact than fossil fuels.

I wonder how many other civilizations went through the discovery of element 92 when they were sociologically still so primitive and of those that did what percentage survived.  Those that did survive probably find us a lot more interesting now that we’ve discovered it.  Both because they would have a certain degree of identification, realizing they themselves marginally made it through a challenging period of their history and now we were there, and because we represent a threat if we do not develop in a positive way.  If we develop interstellar travel capability but still have a penchant for blowing things up, that would be unhealthy.

I am wondering, if and when we finally make contact, what that will be like.  Certainly not like Star Trek, odds are pretty good that English, as commonly spoken as it is here on Earth, will not be the universal galactic language.  I think odds are pretty good that any race like the Klingons or Romulans, would have not made it past the discovery of element 92, and thus it is unlikely we will be encountering them or anything remotely like them.  The Ferringi, I think they are some how related to Ronald Reagan and we might well encounter something like that.  But what the ever so popular greys, who never made an appearance on Star Trek, I think in many ways they are a more likely race.  Small, but strong bodies seem likely, they’re efficient, strong but low mass will make them tolerant of high g-forces.  An overpopulated planet, just like an island where the population has increased to the maximum capacity of it’s ability to carry life, tends to favor small bodies with low energy requirements.  Grey with black eyes.  If the predominate wavelength of the light from their parent star were outside of what is visible for us, say in the near infrared, then it is likely that any pigments that evolved will favor those wavelengths, hence a grey appearance, especially if it is a star with little or no ultraviolet output to need protection from.  So I can see something like the greys as they’re described as actually being fairly likely.

Who really knows what form intelligent species capable of space travel might assume.  Here on Earth, we’ve got a number of species with bigger brains than our own, quite possibly more intelligent, dolphins and whales, but their bodies do not lend themselves tool making and space travel.  Except for the few that materialize 12 miles above the ground as the result of the operation of infinite improbability drives, we’ll probably not see whales in space, let alone visiting us from distant planets.

The predator types, save maybe for an occasional escaped alien pet, seem pretty unlikely as well.  Other intelligent species intelligent enough to develop inter-stellar space travel have probably also developed farming to a high degree, and no doubt domestically raised meat is less expensive than traveling to another star system for dinner.

I find Star Trek’s “Prime Directive” an unlikely scenario, either for man, or for some distant intelligent species.  The prime directive seems to suggest that the natural order of things is for them to evolve in isolation from each other, but things very much interact and determine each others evolution on our own planet and I suspect this is true at larger scales as well.  There will be competition and there will be symbiosis, just as there is on this planet.  Let us hope that more of our future relationships with other species is symbiotic rather than competitive.  Being the new kids on the block, we’re not likely to fare well in the latter.

Aliens and UFO – Christianity

I’m a Christian and I find myself often at odds with fellow Christians over the subject of aliens and UFO’s.  Their position frequently seems to be that aliens are really demons sent here by Satan, that God didn’t create any habitable planets other than Earth, else he would have mentioned them in the Bible.

My position has been that God is much greater than that, infinite in fact, and he’s had plenty of time, especially since he’s outside of time and thus has infinity, to create plenty of planets and everything he does is not recorded in the Bible.  That is made clear at the conclusion of John where he talks about if all the things Jesus had done had been recorded the world itself could not contain all the books.  And we also know, again through John, that all things that were made were made through him.

Fast forward to the beginning of Hebrews where it talks about all the worlds made through him and you will note that “worlds” is plural, not singular.  I.E., Earth ain’t God’s only project.  One can only speculate on what he did with those other worlds but I’m hard pressed to believe a living God would make all but one world dead.  I think it’s more likely that there are many living planets.  How many of them having intelligent life, and of that intelligent life how much is capable of free will, that would appear to be open to speculation.

What Jesus’ role on other planets is, that again is open to speculation.  I don’t know.  But I do know an infinite God is capable of a lot more than one planet in a huge cosmos.

Why We Haven’t Returned To The Moon

This is primarily a test of a video embedding plugin for WordPress.  I do agree with the premise of this video but close in shots of out of focus dust grains, lens flare, and other photographic artifacts do more to discredit what they’re arguing for than to support it.  The things they are referring to as tracks, yes some of those are interesting, but to be visible from Earth, even with a powerful telescope, must be a feature much bigger than tracks, such as a fault-line.

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SETI – Wrong Approach

I’ve stated before that I felt the SETI is a failure by design.

My reasoning is quite simple. In order to receive a radio signal from another star where the transmitter is operating at any reasonable power level, highly direction antennas must be used at both the receiving and transmitting station aimed at each other in order to have enough gain for a signal to be strong enough to be detectable.

High gain antennas have a very narrow beam width requiring that they be precisely aimed.

The SETI protocol requires several steps of confirmation. When a candidate carrier signal is received, the antenna is first pointed away, if the signal is still present then it is a terrestrial interference source.

Next another station remotely located is contacted and ask to confirm the signal, if the signal is still present, and received by that second station, at that point it is known to be extraterrestrial in nature.

Then, only if the signal is still present a day later, is it considered a viable extraterrestrial signal.

The Earth rotates, it is also orbiting the Sun, the Sun is orbiting the galactic center of gravity, and the entire galaxy is moving with respect to other galaxies. There is also relative motion between the Sun and other stars within our own Galaxy.

Likewise, another planet around another star harboring an alien civilization, is also likely rotating, and is orbiting a star, and that star will have relative motion to our own Sun.

Thus the potential for two narrow beam high gain antennas to remain aimed at each other for five minutes, let alone 24 hours, is exceedingly small, unless, the transmitting civilization is intentionally beaming a signal towards Earth, is aware of our positions, and is compensating for relative motions.

This seems unlikely unless alien civilizations have a means of detecting our existence other than radio.

So that is the first reason SETI won’t see anything even if the Universe is jam packed with advanced civilizations that still uses radio for communications.

There is another reason that SETI is unlikely to detect alien civilizations via their radio transmissions, and that is that the type of signal SETI is designed to detect is a type of signal that tends to be inefficient and thus not likely to be used in our own civilization much longer, let alone any more advanced civilization.

SETI only looks for very narrow band carriers, but carriers are a waste of energy, they are required only for proper decoding of a signal, and present day communications are leaning towards ultra-wide band spread spectrum techniques that would be completely undetectable by SETI.

Having a relatively small number of transmitters networked, as in wireless Internet, makes a lot more sense than having single transmitters for every type of program or transmission, and that seems also to be where we are headed.

So in addition to the antenna alignment over time issue, the design of the SETI receiver to detect only narrow band carrier signals combined with the direction in terms of use of radio that our own civilization seems to be taking, is another factor ruling out the likelihood that SETI will detect an alien signal.

The only signal we could detect, under existing SETI protocols, is one beamed intentionally at us, narrow band in nature, and lasting more than the 24 hour period required for confirmation.

Fusion Powered Single Stage to Orbit

You will want to look at this document. I first found out about it on a mail list, Googled for content and found it on a public site that had a lot of questionable material so I thought it was hocum, but then I found it on a government military site at http://stinet.dtic.mil/cgi-bin/GetTRDoc?AD=ADA446973&Location=U2&doc=GetTRDoc.pdf.

The document is marked as being approved for public release, distribution unlimited (or else I wouldn’t be posting here).

If I read the document correctly, the government has working aneutronic (clean no neutrons) dense focus plasma fusion technology already, has experimented with it, determined how much thrust as well as extra energy for electricity can be generated with various parameters; and expects to have single-stage to orbit space planes for low earth orbit by 2025 and beyond by 2050.

If this is the unclassified stuff they’re willing to tell us about, what’s the classified stuff?

If they’ve got this fusion source, it’s clean (aneutronic), it’s working, the “excess” power being as much as 5.1 gigawatts (that’s equivalent to the output of maybe 7 or 8 nuclear fission reactors), why isn’t this energy technology being deployed to meet our energy needs?

They also talk in this document about excess energy being deployed to power gravity or time-distorting devices. Why is all this advanced capability being kept from the public, or now that this document is released as unclassified, perhaps it’s not?

I wish someone would share the game plan.

ET / UFO Recovery / Disposal Document

I accidentally came across this document regarding recovery and disposal of ET/UFO crash site related materials.

On the one hand, I’m hard pressed to believe it’s genuine because I don’t believe such a classified document would remain on the Internet long enough for me to stumble across it.

On the other hand, someone went to a hell of a lot of trouble to create it if it’s fictional. But then again, there is a lot of very convincing fiction out there.

You take a look and decide. I’d be curious to hear other peoples’ comments, especially if you happen to know the true origin.

What Happened To The Aliens

A couple of years ago the skies seemed full of alien ships, sightings were common, and that year, summer of 2006 seemed to be the last time any credible reports of alien abductions.

A recent Google search has revealed a lack of much in the way of sightings, let alone abductions. A search on the keywords “alien” or “UFO” seems to only bring up Hollywood and old references.

I would be inclined to think there were some sort of insidious censorship project going on if it were not for the fact that my own experience contradicts that.

For example, in a years time I photographed ‘orbs’ on three different occasions and a wedge shaped craft. Now, another year has passed and nothing, and it’s not because I’m not out there looking. I keep my camera with me at all times and I’m always looking up, but I’ve seen nothing of interest lately.

For a while I was constantly getting reports of sightings from credible individuals, lately that has dwindled, and the few that I do receive have been mostly anonymous cranks.

And nobody has come to me and attempted to censor this blog. Post disinformation or just distractive idiocy to the comments section, yes, that happens all the time, but lately that’s been about it.

If anyone can point me to anything current and reasonably credible I’m interested. I don’t know what is happening but some major shift feels like it’s underway.

Terraforming Earth

Science and science fiction gives consideration to the idea of terraforming other planets to create habitats suitable for our own existence. Mars is usually considered to be the nearest reasonable candidate. It has things we need, water, minerals, a day very similar to that to which we are accustomed.

But we also have to acknowledge that Mars may not be dead. There may be at least bacterial life on Mars. Personally, I think the evidence for bacterial life is overwhelming, photographically, as well as the presence of methane and formaldehyde in the atmosphere, and the existence of everything we know that life requires, including evidence for the existence of liquid water, possibly quite highly saline, but not beyond the point where some Earth bacteria could survive.

If and when our technology evolves to the point where terraforming Mars is not only doable, because arguably it is doable now, but affordable, say less than the cost of a US financial system bail-out after eight years of Bush administration, do you think the presence of native bacteria would even slow us down, even if we knew changing the conditions to more Earth-like conditions would exterminate it?

Now imagine a civilization several hundred million or even a billion or two years more advanced than ours considering our rock as a new speck of land to colonize, but needing a little fine tuning. Would they even notice our existence, and if they did would they have any moral objections to our elimination?

With all the current day strangeness, I am beginning to wonder if this isn’t in fact a work in progress. If our planet isn’t being terraformed out from under us right now?

The things our government does, the things the super rich and powerful do, seem to make no sense in a human context, but perhaps that’s just it, perhaps they’re not human. In that context, the last eight years makes perfect sense.

I’ve noticed a phenomenal change in the whole UFO scene lately. I’m not hearing of any current abductions. I haven’t heard of any since the summer of 2006. And it was about then that I first photographed “orbs” although they had made appearances earlier, the frequency of their sightings were relatively small.

One of two things must be true; either they are hear to stop the abductions, or, the whole ET hybrid project is completed and they are now ready to replace us, and perhaps they’ve already started with our leaders. That would explain, for example, the McCain tongue.

I’m certain that great changes are underway. To what degree they are man-made, natural, God getting ready to remodel or perhaps reboot, or alien induced, I’m not sure. I’m sure they’re happening though.

Every time I turn on the television though, especially the news, I’m convinced it’s aliens. It’s just real difficult to make sense of today’s world in any other context.

So perhaps aliens thrive in a warmer environment with a carbon dioxide rich atmosphere and a nice nuclear radiation background glow gives them a nice tan. Actually, I don’t always feel this way, just a little cynical at the moment.

Are We Geting Ready?

With the recent release of UFO documents by the British government, I can’t help but wonder about a couple of things.

First, does the military have shit for brains? They’ve got instances of pilots being ordered to fire missiles at objects a mile across. Maybe it’s just me but that seems like shooting a spit wad at a guy carrying an Uzi. Ill advised, to say the least.

My unwillingness to believe the military is that dumb then leads me to doubt the veracity of the stories even if they came directly from the government, or perhaps especially because they came directly from the government.

Which leads me to the second thought. Many years ago, back in the 80’s some time, I was shown a VHS video tape of a lecture given by some x-military officer. I don’t remember the rank or name but it was something kind of mid-level.

The tape covered a conspiracy theory that is pretty much standard Internet lore these days, was pretty much standard BBS lore in those days, and because of that I pretty much blew it off.

Some of the predictions it made, some of the specifics of how this conspiracy would be carried out, have proven to be surprisingly accurate to the point where now I am beginning to wonder if there was not some basis in fact.

The basic idea is that a group of super elite powerful people want to control us and ultimately to reduce the human population to somewhere between 250 and 500 million.

They already in fact controlled us through basically the same mechanism outlined in the book, “1984”. And we had pretty much that although it was largely a cold war and not a shooting war. Occasionally we would have skirmishes on some third world countries territory.

But the tape said that in time the credibility of the Soviet threat would be lost and we would then need a new threat to keep us in line and that threat would be terrorism. And it would be a better threat because of it’s nebulous nature. You could never really win and thus it would be credible longer. You didn’t really know where your enemy was and this would justify controlling and spying on everyone.

Eventually though, terrorism would lose credibility as well, and we’d need a new threat, and that threat would come in the form of a faked UFO invasion. It would be carried out not by extraterrestrials but by this group. They had various names, the Illuminati, etc. The name really isn’t important, just think super rich and powerful with wealth and power having been handed down through generations tracing their way all the way back to ancient Egypt.

When this faked invasion happens, don’t ignore it because you know it’s fake, because they really do want to kill you. That part is real; it’s just that it’s domestically originated fake aliens that want to kill you not genuine extraterrestrials.

Some years past and the Berlin wall did fall, and the Soviet Union broke up and Germany re-unified.

Then we had 9/11 which very clearly was not just a couple of 747’s slamming into the twin towers. Anybody who has watched a controlled implosion demolition knows that is exactly what that was. You can see the poof of the explosives just before each floor falls. It fell symmetrically. If burning jet fuel had heated the steel to the point of failure, it would not have been symmetrical.

The New York fire department was forced to clean it up before a proper investigation could be done. I have spoken to fireman who were threatened in order to force them to do the job fast. The FBI confiscated hundreds of photos and threatened witnesses to keep their mouths shut. Still, they didn’t get them all and some witnesses did talk.

Later we find that the aircraft that were supposedly used for those flights, their serial numbers are still in service; and some of the people supposedly involved in the hijacking, they’re still alive and weren’t even in the country at the time.

Now people are beginning to question the way the Bush administration completely raped the constitution.

Meanwhile, first the French government and then more recently Britain release their UFO data, Britain is still in the process. But what has been released suggests the military is well aware of the phenomena but some of the stories are just very difficult to believe.

So I can’t help but wonder if this isn’t just preparation for an impending fake invasion. When the laser beams start to fly I’m planning on hiding. Maybe it would be a good time to stock up on surface to air missiles.