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Re: Team Locates Farthest Galaxy From Earth -

From: Nick Balaskas <Nikolaos.nul>
Date: Mon, 16 Feb 2004 18:48:34 -0500 (Eastern Standard Time)
Fwd Date: Tue, 17 Feb 2004 07:30:44 -0500
Subject: Re: Team Locates Farthest Galaxy From Earth -


>From: Tim Shell <tshell.nul>
>To: ufoupdates.nul
>Date: Mon, 16 Feb 2004 15:35:57 -0600
>Subject: Re: Team Locates Farthest Galaxy From Earth

<snip>

>I bet Proxima Centauri has five small rocky planets around it
>and one gas giant, and Zeta Reticuli has six, including two gas
>giants.

>When is somebody going to launch a deep space probe - hi-res
>camera and radio, that's all we need - in that direction
>(Centauri System)? We have a good ion drive cooked up. Sure,
>it'll take a little while to get there, but we could probably
>start getting good data when it's only halfway there. We would
>probably build faster ships that would catch up with it, but we
>gotta start sometime. And we could pick up the older ships as we
>go.

Hi Tim!

I think you will soon be proven to be right - at least
partially.

Proxima Centauri, a small star which is very unlike our Sun has
two close neighbours (the binary star system Alpha Centauri A
and B) that are much more Sun-like and about the same size too.

A careful search using the "gravitational wobble" technique has
ruled out very large gas giant planets orbiting any one of these
three stars (unless these giant planets are located at distances
very much further away from these stars). Except for the
surprisingly quick retraction of the announcement that a large
planet was discovered orbiting around one of the two stars that
make up Zeta Reticuli (both are very Sun-like too), no very
large gas giants have been found orbiting these stars either.

Small rocky planets about the size of Earth or smaller orbiting
nearby stars cannot be detected with the techniques now in use
but there are plans to soon construct much higher resolution
optical telescopes that will allow us to see them directly from
the starlight that reflects off them. Just like the signals from
several radio telescopes thousands of miles apart can now be
combined to produce extremely high resolution images of galaxies
far away, once we do the same with optical telescopes we will
clearly be able to read the 'Made in U.S.A.' imprint in the
lunar soil from the bottom of the boots that the Apollo
astronauts wore during their walks on the Moon.

For decades now we have had the technology to reach the stars
with massive solar sail spacecraft that can accelerate faster
than ion drive engines and reach ultimate speeds approaching the
speed of light. Once we do send people out there in person with
their own cameras, I suspect that astronomer Terence Dickinson
who authored the very controversial and provocative article 'The
Zeta Reticuli Incident' in Astronomy magazine three decades
earlier which identified the likely home of the E.T.s that
abducted Betty and Barney Hill will also be proven to be correct
too.

I believe reprints of this Astronomy magazine article and copies
the exchange of letters it generated, including from Carl Sagan,
can still be obtained from Stanton Friedman.

>I'm all for it. And terraforming Venus, too, with some
>genetically modified bacteria that will float in the atmosphere
>and burn the CO2 into Nitrogen and H20. No time like the
present >to start!

Next to the Moon, Venus comes closer to us than Mars but for
some reason this Earth-size planet with an atmosphere is totally
ignored by everyone, including the Soviets who had sent many
spacecraft there and had even taken pictures from the surface of
the "planet of love".

Venus is the brilliant white light in the early evening sky and
not far from the bright, but not as brilliant, red light of
Mars, the "planet of war". If someone could have suggested to
U.S. President Bush and his oil buddies that the CO2 in the
atmosphere of Venus likely originated from huge oil fields just
below the surface, the 100s of billions of dollars spent for the
War with Iraq could have been used to send teams of astronauts
(along with Bruce Willis too?) to Venus to drill for oil!


Nick Balaskas




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