"I am all in favor of the skeptical mind. Do not believe anything unless you have experienced it. Do not believe anything - go on questioning, however long it takes." - Osho

Wednesday, 15 June 2011

MICROBLOG: Exoplanets

An impressive ten new planets have been discovered outside our solar system by the Corot satellite. However, seven of them are said to be gas giants like Jupiter, so close to their sun that they orbit in just a few days. Definitely no chance of life there, then!


  1. Hello Beccy... I enjoyed looking at your blog today.
    Thank you, and keep up the great work.

    I wanted to ask you, as one who has a mind as open to reason as yours, do you feel that your statement might warrant reconsideration?

    "Definitely no chance of life there, then!"

    Consider the life forms that thrive around volcanic cones and the deepest places of the seas, and the algae that lives in the shallows of lakes of acid and in the remote places of the earth... At one time, people believed these places were definitely devoid of life, only to discover that they are positively teeming with it. What's more, people even once believed the earth was definitely flat.

    The only thing definite about the state of life on these ten new planets is that there is currently no definite way of knowing if life can exist under those conditions.

    I do not intend to be hostile. You are a credit to your generation, and clearly an extraordinarily intelligent individual. Keep at it.

  2. Well, not life as we know it anyway :)

  3. I really like your attitude, you seem incredibly bright and mature for a 16-year old. I don't mean to patronize by any means, but there you have it. Anyway, as Dante said, you never know. Even though it's very unlikely to have anything floating around on gas giants, besides some squid-like flying umbrellas or something, we might find something one day. Just look at tardigrades, we exposed them to 10 days of pure vacuum and they still survived. Crazy buggers!

  4. Firstly, thanks for all of the awesome feedback. Secondly- you're all right! That was a little hasty of me. It is possible that some extreme forms of life could exist- it would have been more accurate to say that it's unlikely that life exists on the gas giants, or at least, yes, life as we know it.