reply to post by autowrench
Why do the "Aliens" have names for human named constellations only visible from earth? Some of these stars in these constellations are massive
distances from one another. Why are they named after the humans names for the stars?
Most importantly, why are they named for only stars visible to the naked eye. Systems with bright stars would be unlikley to support life.
There are 49 systems within 5 parsecs/16 light years.
Epsilon Eridani, the Latin name, aka GJ 144 is likely the closest star at 10 light years to have life.
Tau Ceti or GJ 71, may be the second closest at 12 light years.
Delta Pavonis or GJ 780 is another good prospect, though at 19 light years.
Beta Canum Venaticorum or GJ 475 is another very good candidate at 27 light years or just over 8 parsecs.
There are at least 108 sun like stars within 16 parsecs.
Stars don't have to be like the sun though to have a habitable zone. Red dwarfs appear to have the ability to also sustain habitable planets.
GJ 581, at 20 light years, appears to have planets in its habitable zone.
The catalog of nearby habitable systems contains 17,129 systems (out of 118,218 systems) and most of them are within 140 parsecs or 450 light years.
Keep in mind this isn't even close to getting out of Orion's Spur, which is over 3,000 light years wide and over 10,000 light years long.
Keep also in mind, our spur, is just a small spur off the Sagittarius galactic arm.
Just within our spur, there are over 100 million systems. Humans just have no idea what its like, not the Star Trek writers, not the UFO cults, none
of them have any idea the scope and size of even the Local Bubble within the Spur.
Our spur is vast and beyond the comprehension of humans.
[edit on 28/5/10 by MikeboydUS]