The Search for Life in Outer Space

The search for life in outer space has been speculated about forever. People have reported chariots in the sky and flying saucers. Everyone on Earth has an interest in life on other planets and why shouldn’t we. We look out at the wide blue sky and know we have millions of stars and planets circling around us. How could it be possible that we are the only intelligent life in existence?

Discovery of the simplest life form on a planet in outer space would be dramatic but imagine finding a form of intelligent life. That might not happen in the near future but given the giant leap in our capability to find Earth-like planets, it will eventually happen. We now have the Kepler telescope that can monitor simultaneously 100,000 stars and look for the faint signal that reveals an orbiting planet. Mind boggling for we earth bound humans to say the least.

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The Kepler telescope was named for Johannes Kepler, a mathematician living in Prague who wrote “Astronomia Nova,” a tract that laid out the fundamental laws governing the movement of planets. Kepler is the first telescope to be designed to discover Earth sized planets that orbit the “habitable zone” where temperatures are neither too hot or too cold for water to remain in its liquid state.

Galileo Galileo was the first person to use an astronomical telescope. He wrote in “Starry Messenger” All disputes which have tormented philosophers through the ages are exploded at once by the irrefragable evidence of our eyes. With Galileo’s discoveries, the religious dogma that all the heavens revolved around the earth became increasingly difficult to believe.

Now, we know that the Earth is a small planet circling a minor sun on the edge of an estimated 125 billion galaxies. And out in space are a thousand billion suns that may have planets supporting life. Wouldn’t we be ridiculous to think there aren’t thousands of planets that have life and probably many more advanced forms of life than the human life we know. How disappointing to know we won’t be around to experience the thrill when real exploration of outer space begins.

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59 Responses to “The Search for Life in Outer Space”
  1. Likha Says...

    On May 18, 2010 at 5:13 am

    I do believe there is life in outer space. We have a god far bigger than the universe.

  2. Mr Ghaz Says...

    On May 18, 2010 at 5:20 am

    Very interesting post! I loved reading space mystery story..Thanks Ruby 8)

  3. ronthoughts Says...

    On May 18, 2010 at 5:21 am

    Another good write Ruby.

  4. manilatop10 Says...

    On May 18, 2010 at 6:25 am

    Let them keep finding us ;)

  5. alfabeta Says...

    On May 18, 2010 at 6:53 am

    Who knows what’s out there…

  6. maeraquel Says...

    On May 18, 2010 at 7:16 am

    Let them come and take me!

  7. Christine Ramsay Says...

    On May 18, 2010 at 9:00 am

    Gosh! You have really opened my eyes with this article. I never realised what a tiny piece of the universe we really are.


  8. David De Jesus Says...

    On May 18, 2010 at 10:08 am

    First we would have to find intelligent life here on earth. What we consider to be intelligence is nothing more than mere speculations.
    We forget that Earth is only a tiny spec in this vass and unmeasurable universe; humans are even smaller, with very tiny brains.
    “Just like an ant looking at a watermelon: we’ll never be able see the whole picture.”

    Like aways ‘Great Write’. Thanks for sharing.

  9. T.Rex McGoogle Says...

    On May 18, 2010 at 10:18 am

    I would think only the most hardened fundamentalists could disagree with your observations. Good writing as always.

  10. BeatsMe Says...

    On May 18, 2010 at 10:30 am

    Oh, I don’t know, Ruby, I wouldn’t be too excited about it. If you watch those alien movies, you’d agree a scenario like that can be scary. :)

  11. martie Says...

    On May 18, 2010 at 11:42 am

    I have a feeling that life on other planets may be far more intelligent than we are. I also doubt if they are little green men or anymore violent than us earthlings.

  12. Jimmy Shilaho Says...

    On May 18, 2010 at 11:47 am

    Well written once again Ruby. Sometimes I get so bored with life on earth that I feel like migrating to the outer space. A very interesting post.

  13. Poetic Enigma Says...

    On May 18, 2010 at 11:48 am

    Great article, very well written….and very informative. Thanks for sharing!

  14. Atanacio Says...

    On May 18, 2010 at 11:56 am

    A very good entry very very well written

  15. Versatile Artist Says...

    On May 18, 2010 at 12:19 pm

    I have always thought that there was other forms of life in our massive galaxy.Nor do I believe that us humans are the smartest people in the galaxy either.How we act and are running things is proof positive of that.A great article and as usual interesting to read.

  16. heidiefernandez Says...

    On May 18, 2010 at 12:27 pm

    nice post Ruby!!!!

  17. ShadowPsychos Says...

    On May 18, 2010 at 1:06 pm

    right that has settled the debate of what to read next…re reading the rama series…thanks lol :) … great post

  18. Shirley Shuler Says...

    On May 18, 2010 at 1:31 pm

    Another great article, Ruby. Thanks for sharing this with us.

  19. mitchey179 Says...

    On May 18, 2010 at 1:54 pm

    Awesome, awesome article. There are definitely other lifeforms out there besides what is here on Earth. Otherwise what a waste of space, huh? I have also written numerous articles on this subject on Triond for anyone interesting in reading more on this topic including one on alien disclosure happening shortly (don’t laugh, it could happen you never know).

  20. Anuradha Ramkumar Says...

    On May 18, 2010 at 2:47 pm

    Excellent writing. I too believe there is life in outer space.

  21. Karen Gross Says...

    On May 18, 2010 at 3:10 pm

    I have always wondered about why God would make such an enormous with only one inhabited planet. I’m sure there must be others.

  22. K.D. Storm Says...

    On May 18, 2010 at 5:57 pm

    Very interesting piece. I enjoyed it very much.

  23. Joie Schmidt Says...

    On May 18, 2010 at 7:47 pm

    Very interesting!



    -Liane Schmidt.

  24. Eric Mendoza Says...

    On May 18, 2010 at 8:11 pm

    First time I read an article on this topic, Ruby, never knew we had similar passions. I go along with what these dude’s at the observatories say just like most, but the funny thing is, how do we know that what tey are saying is true? The telescope that I got from Big 5 doesn’t tell me how far away the spec of light I’m pointing it at is. Oddly enough, I swear I can see the stars better with my naked eye, but that could just be due to the cheap telescope. The point I’m trying to make is that the idea of there being billions and billions of stars in our galaxy, and there being billions and billions of galaxies in the known universe may sound to some as prepostrous as the idea of the Earth being flat, the universe revolving around the Earth, or even the Earth being created in 7 days did. We’ll never know what is as long as someone keeps stepping up and proving what we believe is incorrect. A very, very , VERY wise man said, “The true wise man, knows that he knows nothing at all.” Another more recent wise man said in a song, “Don’t believe everything you read… Alize and weed” But its tough not to when you want to believe something.

  25. Dewan Golam Shafi Choudhury Says...

    On May 18, 2010 at 9:40 pm

    LIFE EXISTS OUTSIDE EARTH! ISLAM HAS SAID EVERYTHING! I have submiited a piece regarding this info! Read it and find out yourself!

  26. Moses Ingram Says...

    On May 18, 2010 at 10:15 pm

    Thanks for this Ruby, it’s really interesting. I agree it’s very foolish to think that this little particle of dust is the only planet with life. I plan to be around when the real exploration begins. In the words of Benjamin Franklin, “I shall return in a new and more updated addition”.

  27. J.L. Eck Says...

    On May 18, 2010 at 11:02 pm

    I got my space craft stuck in the mud out back and it blew a gasket. Any one know a good reputable interstellar mechanic?

  28. Brenda Nelson Says...

    On May 18, 2010 at 11:22 pm

    Steven Hawking doesnt think we should talk to the aliens.. I think its better off to be a mystery..

  29. PR Mace Says...

    On May 18, 2010 at 11:24 pm

    I just can’t believe we are the only planet with life, there has to be more out there. I only hope they are friendly. Excellent write up.

  30. SexyFate Says...

    On May 18, 2010 at 11:59 pm

    I dont beleive were the only plaet with life. Our planet is like a tiny spec in a massive world, compared to the universe. There has to be life somewhere..

  31. Israel Jayakaran Says...

    On May 19, 2010 at 3:23 am

    Sure there is no life like us in any other planet. If there are any intelligent beings, they certainly would have visited us. According to the Bible also one could deduce there are no human beings in any ther planet. If there is any, Satan wouldn’t have been thrown on the Earth.

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  33. Shahbaz Ali Says...

    On May 19, 2010 at 7:53 am

    its really good work keep it up.

  34. petercurtis97 Says...

    On May 19, 2010 at 7:54 am

    Good piece on outer space and our planet, you have researched well on technical side to water storage on planets and who else is out there. I liked it write more about this topic and i certainly would be interested.

  35. sara20 Says...

    On May 20, 2010 at 2:53 am

    Nice Writing and sharing Good & informative Piece. Thanks and Cheers.

  36. nayabingi Says...

    On May 20, 2010 at 4:38 am

    there aren’t any other life forms in the whole multi-billion starred universe, the earth was meant for mankind alone and man was meant to live forever and then a population explosion would occur prompting man to turn uninhabitable planets habitable, and exploration will still continue and we might chance upon another habitable planet

  37. Court Eliot Says...

    On May 20, 2010 at 8:08 am

    Great article. Stuff I’ve been thinking about for years! Nice to see it in one cohesive piece.

  38. ahmadbelyar Says...

    On May 20, 2010 at 8:27 am

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  39. Starpisces Says...

    On May 20, 2010 at 10:59 am

    very interesting… outer space, wonder how is it like, will I have company there, or be lonely?

  40. Vikram Chhabra Says...

    On May 20, 2010 at 11:03 am

    I am pretty sure there is a lot out there that we still cannot imagination or comprehend. Life is such mystery!! great write Ruby!

  41. drelayaraja Says...

    On May 20, 2010 at 12:06 pm

    Information filled share..

  42. silentbob14 Says...

    On May 20, 2010 at 3:43 pm

    Good one ;]

  43. Pete Marshall Says...

    On May 20, 2010 at 4:08 pm

    excellent..another good article, well done, Pete

  44. CA Johnson Says...

    On May 20, 2010 at 6:15 pm

    This is a very interesting article. I think it is possible that there is life in outer space.

  45. B. Sting Says...

    On May 20, 2010 at 9:13 pm

    yes, but is there intelligent life on Earth?

  46. LoveDoctor Says...

    On May 21, 2010 at 2:35 pm

    Due to advanced technology and the invention of the Kepler telescope, I am optimistic that it will eventually happen. Another fantastic and interesting article.

  47. SharifaMcFarlane Says...

    On May 21, 2010 at 8:43 pm

    Humans have a tendency to exploit new land. If we ever find ‘company’, I hope by then we would have learned how to treat them with respect.

  48. overwings Says...

    On May 22, 2010 at 3:18 am

    Yes we are not more than a tiny dot on the edge of a distant galaxy. For sure there are other worlds but the chances to contact seem to be very scarce.

  49. Uma Shankari Says...

    On May 22, 2010 at 9:46 am

    Interesting. :)

  50. Jo Oliver Says...

    On May 23, 2010 at 12:41 am

    Very cool, Ruby.

  51. jennifer eiffel01 Says...

    On May 23, 2010 at 3:00 am

    I love your article. I especially like it because I am reading a book now on Roswell. Very interesting book. I will be posting a review of it if you are interested. I don’t know when I’ll try to post it.

  52. MartineP Says...

    On May 23, 2010 at 8:13 am

    I do not think we are alone out there. But the real question is: would real intelligent life forms be interested in us?

  53. Dustin James Says...

    On May 23, 2010 at 9:58 am

    I have a theory of why aliens dont show themselves. becuase, like every species we find, we cut it open, torture it, to see whats in it. and the fact that we kill each other every day! if you were an alien, would you want to go to a planet that you would be tortured, cut open, or even killed? DIDNT THINK SO. this violence in the world must end, and MAYBE, just MAYBE, aliens will come here. but, who knows? and just think, if they started even just 100 years before us, where they would be as far a technoligy. we have cave drawings depicting men with jet packs. cavemen were thousands of years before us, so if they have jet packs thousands of years ago, where would they be now? cars with unlimited battery power? You decide, believe or not believe, i chose to believe!

  54. Lolita AntiChrist Says...

    On May 23, 2010 at 11:20 am

    interesting and a great topic for discussion

  55. D51208 Says...

    On May 23, 2010 at 3:45 pm

    I don’t believe we have to look far, have you ever looked into the ancient civilizations temples and such? Almost all of them have what appears to be humanoids in suits that look a lot like today’s astronauts, and ships. There is overwhelming evidence actually that we have had many life forms not born on earth here. Its even in most of the biblical books, the old testament, new testament, torrah…..and so on. A lot of the middle and dark age painting show UFO’s and USO’s

  56. flowerrose Says...

    On May 24, 2010 at 1:36 am

    I think also travel out space is necessary for working hard time. We need to relax for improve healthy. Nice writing. Thanks for share !

  57. Jerry Bradford aka Jerry Atrixx Says...

    On May 24, 2010 at 8:51 pm

    Ruby, I admit I don’t always comment on articles you have written even though I have read them. I am the consummate lazy pen.

    Even when it comes to my own work.

    However I have to say how much I admire your broad range of subject matter and the eclectic mix of interest.

    Well done here and please continue indefinitely posting here.

  58. nayabingi Says...

    On June 7, 2010 at 1:06 pm

    Humans are the only intelligent beings in the entire universe, they are meant to reproduce fill the earth then migrate to other planets when Mother Earth can’t take it no more

  59. asdf Says...

    On June 22, 2010 at 6:47 am

    they found life but the government hides the truth.

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