The question of are we alone in the universe is one that has been explored for centuries. The idea that there are other intelligent beings in the universe have been played out in a variety of different forms through out history. Through out pop culture there have been numerous T.V shows, books, movies, theater, and other forms of entertainment have played upon this idea. Some of the more popular presentations of this idea are Star Trek, Star Wars, and the X-Files, Ender’s Game, I admit some of my favorite shows. War of the worlds was the first alien invasion story that I am aware of that was written. (see http://andrewsbookreviews.wordpress.com/2014/01/03/the-war-of-the-worlds/)
Have you ever wondered if we are indeed alone in the universe? If we are not alone in the universe what would aliens look like? How might we communicate with them? If aliens exist are they too sons and daughters of God? Are they more or less technologically advance than us? Perhaps they have already made contact but we were unable to understand. What would there world look like? There are so many questions that we would have should we ever discovery intelligent alien life.
Scientist have been looking to the heavens for century’s wondering what is out there. There have now been discovered over 1000 extra-solar planets beyond our solar system. Many of which are orbiting there parent star in what is commonly called the Goldilocks or habitable zone. This zone is different for every star. Out of the current estimated 400 billion stars in the galaxy, 11 billion planets are estimated to be in the habitable zones of there stars.
Here are 9 examples of planets that could potentially support life.
1) Gliese 581g This planet is a controversial find. It was discovered in 2010, but there has been difficulty in getting it confirmed. Still, the University of Puerto Rico at Arecibo calls Gliese 581 the top candidate for alien life. If confirmed, this rocky world is about 20 light-years away from Earth’s sun, and is two to three times as massive as Earth. It orbits its parent star, Gliese 581, about every 30 days in the constellation Libra.
2) Gliese 667cc Another “super-Earth”, Gliese 667Cc is also close by Earth: about 22 light-years away in the constellation Scorpius. The planet is at least 4.5 times bigger than Earth, and takes 28 days to make an orbit around its parent star. GJ 667C – the parent star – is actually part of a triple-star system. The star is an M-class dwarf star that is about a third of the mass of Earth’s sun.
3) Kepler 22-b While Kepler-22b is bigger than Earth, it circles a star that is quite close in size and temperature to Earth’s sun. Kepler-22b is 2.4 times Earth’s size and, assuming its greenhouse effect is similar to Earth’s, has an estimated surface temperature of 72 degrees Fahrenheit (22 degrees Celsius.) Its star system is about 600 light-years away from Earth’s sun, in the constellation Cygnus.
4) HD 40307G Super-Earth” HD 40307g orbits comfortably inside the habitable zone of its parent star. It lies about 42 light-years away from Earth in the constellation Pictor. It is so close by that future telescopes may be able to peer at its surface. It orbits its parent star about 56 million miles (90 million kilometers) away, which is just over half of the Earth-sun distance of 93 million miles (150 million kilometers.)
5) HD 85512b was announced in 2011 as part of a treasure trove of 50 planets discovered by the High Accuracy Radial velocity Planet Searcher instrument, or HARPS, in Chile. This planet is about 3.6 times more massive than Earth. It lives about 35 light-years away from Earth’s sun, in the constellation Vela (the Sail). Researchers are hoping to one day figure out if there is water on its surface.
6) The planet candidate Tau Ceti e, which was detected in December 2012, is found just 11.9 light-years from Earth. This world is a “super-Earth” at least 4.3 times as massive as Earth. Depending on its atmosphere, Tau Ceti e could be a mildly hot planet suitable for simple life, or a scorching world like Venus.
7) The mass of Gliese 163c puts the planet in a gray zone. The planet is seven times the mass of Earth, which could make it a very large rocky planet or a dwarf gas giant. Gliese 163c whirls around its dim planet star every 26 days, at a distance of 50 light-years away from Earth. Its parent star is in the constellation Dorado.
8) At least one study supposes that Gliese 581d might have a thick, carbon dioxide atmosphere. It is about seven times more massive than Earth, orbits a red dwarf star, and is a sister planet to the also-potentially-habitable Gliese 581g. At just 20 light-years away from the sun, Gliese 581d is essentially in Earth’s backyard.
9) au Ceti f is a super-Earth candidate like its sibling Tau Ceti e, but it orbits close to the outer edge of Tau Ceti’s habitable zone. Tau Ceti f is at least 6.6 times as massive as Earth and could be suitable for life, if its atmosphere traps significant amounts of heat.
If we want to get the final answer to this question of are we alone in the universe we need only to turn the the scriptures. In the book of Moses vs 33-35 we read
But only an account of this earth, and the inhabitants thereof, give I unto you. For behold, there are many worlds that have passed away by the word of my power. And there are many that now stand, and innumerable are they unto man; but all things are numbered unto me, for they are mine and I aknow them.”
Moses learns from God that there are many worlds with many people on them. They are innumerable to man. We also learn that Adam was the first man of all men on this world. There were I’m sure many other Adams and many other Eves on many other worlds. God knows all the worlds and all the people he has created. To man however they are innumerable.
What do these aliens look like that we learn exist in the scriptures. If God created these worlds as the scriptures tell us. If God created these aliens as the scriptures tells us. And if “God said, Let aus bmake cman in our dimage, after our elikeness:” (Genesis 1:26), It stand to reason that these inhabitants of other worlds are also in Gods image. We can also safely assume they are children of God as well. Just as we are.
Given the evidence we are collecting scientifically and the the scriptural evidence of other worlds that do exist it is simply not possible that there is not life on other planets in this galaxy of 400 billion stars. What would be the purpose of the rest of the heavens if not to sustain life in some fashion. We may not find life around every star. And it certainly does not exist on every planet, that much is evident from our own solar system.
Life does exist on other worlds without number. There cultures, religion, level of civilization, technological development all remain to be seen. Who knows maybe we will even meet them one day. The only questions that would remain then is what would we do? and could we communicate with them?