Posts Tagged ‘pluto’

Aliens: The Projected Scenario

April 7, 2009 1 comment

Where ever we’re from, whatever we do, everyone has at some point thought about aliens.

Now I’m not talking about sci-fi fans who are absorbed with the subject (me), I’m speaking of the public. At some point, everyone has considered the possibility of there being intelligent life on other planets. Not taking into account the spiritual implications of extraterrestrial life, it is an interesting topic.

But what would happen? We don’t know how they would communicate, or how they may think. One thing we do know, however, is what they would be exposed to as they came to earth. Based on the research I have done (google and wikipedia are the researchers best friends) I have madeĀ a rough time line of what aliens will see while on approach to Earth.

1) On July 15th, 1972 we sent a ship called Pioneer 10 into deep space. This ship’s main purpose was exploration, but it also contained a Plaque which described out coordinates in space, and how to find us. It also included a depiction of the male and female form, along with a picture of the spacecraft. Voyager 2

2) Assuming we have sent it in the right direction, the second thing aliens would see of Earth is Voyager 1. On September 5th, 1977 we launched Voyager into space with the intention of helping us explore the universe, as well as making friendly contact with any aliens there may be. On the space craft is a Golden Record which contains many sounds and music of Earth. Eventually they may find Voyager 2, which has similar properties.

3) When possible to do so, aliens would then focus telescope-like devices and see Earth. Unlike the full picture of earth we see, they would only be able to see part because of the shadowing effect of other planetary bodies, and the Earths rotation-relationship with the Sun.

Earth from space

Earth from space

4) After having ascertained our position, they would then focus on trying to pick up signals from us. Assuming we are focusing them in the right direction, they would pick up SETI’s signals we are sending into the void. They consist mostly of simple mathematical things like prime numbers and messages in binary.

5) Once they enter the solar system, they will most likely scan the planets (which Pluto is no longer one) and find our mars rover, then satellites leaving the solar system, then our stuff on the moon.

6) At this point, they will be close enough to pick up our earth bound trasnmissions. Because of how reliant the internet is on satellites, aliens will easily be able to intercept huge amounts of information. With their no-doubt faster processors, they will very likely be able to interpret and understand our languages before setting foot on earth.

Aside from the inevitable takeover of the Earth, thats about it. No doubt Steven Hawking was right when he said that we shouldnt be sending any messages into space, as it will no doubt cause nothing but problems. So there you have it, the path aliens would take. If you have a differing idea of what it might entail, or anything to say, go ahead and leave a comment below.

-Trenton Stahl

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Why’s Everyone Against Pluto?

April 2, 2009 3 comments

By now, I am sure everyone is aware of the 2006 decision by the International Astronomical Union to denounce Pluto as a planet, and instead reclassify it as a dwarf planet.

Really? Are you serious?!

I find it hard to believe that an organization as big, and pompous as the IAU would waste time, and taxpayers money on going to the effort of stripping Pluto of its Planet title. It seems to me that if they have so much time, and money that they can do the research necessary to conclusively say that Pluto is not a planet, they need more work. The fact is I can find NO rationale behind taking something as well known as a PLANET and now calling it a “dwarf planet”.

And what about this new title, dwarf planet? Did you know that before they decided to bully Pluto around, the term “dwarf planet” didnt exist? That means that someone hated Pluto so much, that they created A NEW PLANET CLASSIFICATION just so they could say its not part of the “9 planets” (which are now 8). This may seem like a trivial issue, but what really gets me going about this subject is what the first conversation about this had to go:

“Hey Bert, you know Pluto right?”

“Yeah Bob, I’ve heard of it”

“Well, I was thinking, why should it be a planet?”

“What? Its fricken Pluto dude! How is it not a planet?”

“I dont know, but I dont like it. Lets call it something else”


“No, seriously! Lets call it something puny, like a midget planet.”

“Your high on crack arent you?”

“No wait! I got it, lets call it a DWARF PLANET!”

At least, this is how I imagine the conversation went. How the IAU was suckered into doing this, I will never know. But I firmly believe that Pluto still rightfully owns the title of Planet, no matter what some slack-jawed, Plutonian hater says.


-Trenton Stahl

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