Still extremely excited about the project to find earth-like planets and the latest news is as usual very interesting.

Though, these new finds appear not to be in the “habitable zone” it is still pretty cool we can find planets smaller than Mercury in star systems 200 light years away.

The real talking point about this project is that it means we can figure out in the near term where to point radio telescopes to “listen” for signs of extraterrestrial life.

And in the longer term , when we start to explore the Galaxy, we’ll know which stars to head towards in the hope of finding life of one sort or another.

First contact

September 29, 2010

As mentioned by a commenter on a previous post about publishing, it is great to get a copy of the Sunday Times and spread it out across the lounge and read it.

Of course, you have to make sure you have nothing booked on Sunday and that you get to the paper shop early doors to have enough time to read the bulk of it that day and that you have at least one completely free evening in the week to mop up reading the various magazines / other non time specific supplements.

The publication, as it’s advertising used to say, “is the Sunday papers”. At £2.20 a pop you have to read it all.

Unfortunately owner Rupert Murdoch has erected a pay wall around his publications, so I can’t link to the original story I want to post about.

A brief synopsis is that a UN employe at the little known UNOOSA dept based in Geneva apparently told the Sunday Times it was she who all first contact with alien life forms should be directed too.

The paper ran this story on page 3 of the News Section of last Sunday’s edition.

I was fascinated by the story as I’d always assumed the US president / Russian President / Chinese President / UN Director General would be among the delegation sent for by any visitors. But no, this story said a UN dept head would deal with it.

Can you imagine, visitors arrive and instead of Obama or Putin or Cameron or Julia Gillard or Kim Jong Il their first appointment is with the head of a small UN dept.

“Er, right, we were going to give you the gift of eternal energy from water, but since you don’t seem to think its worthwhile we cross hundreds of light years of space, we aren’t going to bother now,” or something similar crackles through their universal translators.

The lady in question, Malaysian astrophysicist Mazlan Othman, has since insisted she did not say such a thing.

Well, whatever she did or didn’t say to the Sunday Times reporter I’m glad its been cleared up and she won’t be the person first up to meet the aliens.

However, my Jerry Springer final thought for today is: maybe it would be a good idea if we worked out who would be first in to bat if they ever did show up?

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