Proxima B – What The Hell?

Proxima B By ESO/M. Kornmesser - https://www.eso.org/public/images/ann16056a/, CC BY 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=50869082

Artist Rendering of Proxima B
By ESO/M. Kornmesser

 

Disclaimer – Before I begin, I would like it to be known that I am not an astronomer,  or a theologian. The following opinion should be read with that in mind.

Earlier this week, astronomers announced the fact that Proxima B Centauri is an earth sized planet that orbits around  a star called Alpha Centauri, and that it’s proximity is ideal for sustaining life as we know it.

Without going into great detail, I would like to give a bit of a back ground of Proxima Centauri. Proxima Centauri is located in the Alpha Centauri system.  It is believed by many that Alpha Centauri was shown to Jesus and the disciples in the Bible as Hell, or the lake of fire.  It is also what many believe to be the hell that is mentioned in the Qaran as well.

Before going any further, I would like to note a few things.  For the past couple of days this virility of Proxima B has all but taken over the internet, and as I have noted before, any time this happens it should raise some concern.  I believe that this planets ability to sustain life is being widely over estimated and I am not alone.

Sarah Scoles

Sarah Scoles photo graph taken from SarahScoles.com

Elizabeth Tasker

Elizabeth Tasker

Sarah Scoles an independent writer for Wired.com, was published on that website on Friday morning. Click Here To Visit the Article In the article, Sarah explains the scepticism of many accredited sources, one of which was Dr. Elizabeth Tasker. Tasker explains via her Google Plus account,  the mass of the planet has a very wide tolerance as we see it now.

After reading Tasker’s article and the supporting one written by Sarah Scoles, I’m not sure science knows what it is doing right now.  However, I believe that the sudden burst of excitement about this, “new” discovery is all but a coincidence.

Yuri and Stephen

Yuri and Stephen

It was announced in April that the team of Stephen Hawking and Yuri Milner are in the developmental stages of sending probes to the star system.

Stephen Hawkings involvement is no surprise to me, because he has noted his hopes of us finding a habitable planet to colonize in the near future before.  However, the involvement of Yuri Milner is a little unsettling, as his resume on Wikipedia.com is one of which that has the word “Bank” mentioned 8 times.

The arrival of these probes in Alpha Centauri, is scheduled for 20-30 years from now.  I don’t believe it will be that long before “disclosure” occurs, and we will know if Hawking’s thoughts on an interaction between humans and extraterrestrial beings was accurate or not.

Hawking’s has been noted as saying that our interaction with an extraterrestrial will be similar to the effect the Native Americans experienced from interacting with those of European descent.  In that context, many of them died from disease, and those remaining were corralled

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