Opinion: Contemplating the universe and baptizing martians

By Connor Bird
Staff Writer

Last year, Pope Francis said he would baptize martians, because the doors of Catholicism are open to everyone! Though there are many skeptics, when it comes down to the belief in other intelligent life, at least he’s embracing the idea, right?
Maybe had the martians (from Mars Attacks) been baptized, Slim Whitman’s “Indian Love Song” wouldn’t have had to be used to explode their heads in the end.
Tim Burton movies aside, we all know the stories of martians, because movies about aliens are everywhere – from Will Smith and Jeff Goldbloom defeating aliens with computer software to microorganisms defeating the tripod antagonists in War of the Worlds, the question of, “Are we alone,” will not go away. I don’t know about you, but I don’t believe we are.
Now we don’t have any widely accepted proof by our society, mainly just stories, accounts, and theories. Many are dismissed, but the entirety of space is so massive – beyond all fathomability- and even farther than that. Our own Milky Way galaxy is a spec of dust compared to some other, more distant parts of the universe.
First of all, within our own Sun, we can fit 1.3 million planets the size of Earth. Makes us seem pretty small right? Well that’s not it, according to Buzzfeed.com, Arcturus, a sun 37 light years from earth (one light year being equal to about 6 trillion miles) can contain around 26 of our Suns. That means that Arcturus could fit 33.8 million Earths!
On top of that, another sun called Antares, could hold 883 of our Suns, meaning at least 1.5 billion Earths could fit within it. Following behind Antares is a star known as a hypergiant, “VY Canis Majoris,” and it could hold 2,000 Suns, and a massive 2.6 billion planet Earths!
Now those are some big stars, but it’s nothing compared to the size of our Galaxy.
The Sun is around 1.4 million km wide, pretty big in comparison to Earth’s width, at slightly over 12,000 km. But the Milky Way Galaxy is 100,000 light years across, or 1,000,000,000,000,000,000 kilometers! (That’s 1 sextillion.)
But our galaxy seems pretty tiny compared to the Galaxy known as IC 1011, whose diameter is 6 million light years across, which is sixty times greater than the Milky Way’s diameter! Just think of all that could be in there.
Speaking of Galaxies, the Hubble Telescope has taken pictures of thousands of galaxies! Each galaxy contains billions of stars; each star is orbited by its own planets. The universe is estimated to contain 50 billion galaxies at least, and our universes are theorized to be infinite.
It just seems ignorant to think that we are alone and consciousness only exists on one planet.
Are we really the only intelligent life there has ever been?
After a looking at the entirety of space, I would say maybe we’re not.
There are many other things happening on our own planet Earth that make one wonder.
For example, if you just look around the internet for the Pleiadians (Nordic aliens) you will find that many people are “aware” of them, and attempting to communicate with them. Yes it could be a hoax, but through a method called channeling, certain people claim they come from a star cluster called Pleiades. And they aren’t the only ones. People have claimed to have come into contact with those from Andromeda – another distant galaxy.
That specific example could all be fake and phony; that I understand. But everything from mythology to religion has been asking the questions of how we got here, are there other people out there, and under what circumstances will we ever meet; if in fact we do.
It’s normal to question how and why things are the way they are. It’s reasonable to look at the night sky, and doubt our loneliness in the universe.
In the meantime we’ve got Hollywood.

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