Thursday, June 27, 2013

Inhabitable planetary system may sit 22 light years from us; Imagine the politics, and the implementation of social media there

John Tmmer has an article in Ars Technica about a small star (an M-star or red dwarf) that may have between three and seven rocky planets within its “goldilox zone” of possible habitation

The link for the story is here.

The star is “GJ667C”.  It’s likely that several of these planets are “tidally locked”, suggesting that most life might exist in an annular twilight zone between heat and cold.

Politically, a solar system with more than one planet hosting a civilization would be most interesting, having issues we cannot imagine, regarding economics, travel, and resources, and the relative status of beings who may be similar and able to live in more than one world but not “equal” as we know the concept.

I even think that other solar systems might host beings accepting “souls” (possibly common or collective) originally developed by life here on Earth.  Imagine that sort of discovery in an JJ Abrams or M. Night Shyamalan movie.

Wikipedia has an article and illustrations here

The Gliese system is 22 light years from Earth, and may have more than one “sun” with habitable planets.  This could be within reach in another century if we don’t blow our entire civilization (to climate change or EMP).  Your grandkids may see it; you may not.  It’s like Moses and the Promised Land. 
Pictures: Mockup for my DADT sci-fi screenplay.  The top has the "oily lake" (depressed area with boat) and the "Tower of Ned" on Titan;  the second is the "Angels' Strip" (or "Angels' Boot Camp") with training areas (corresponding to different historical periods) for "abductees".  A railroad runs through it.  

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