The human discovery of exoplanets, planets orbiting a star other than our sun, is a relatively recent phenomenon. The first exoplanet to be discovered was in 1992. In 2002, an exoplanet was discovered by means of transit. A transit is a phenomenon when a celestial body passes directly between a larger body and an observer. Like Mercury passing in front of the Sun. It makes the Sun seem ever-so-slightly less bright. 3,372 exoplanets have been discovered in this way between 2002 and the present.
I dream the far-off watchers of the skies
In 2021, two astronomers asked a question that stimulated my imagination. They asked, “What stars are in the right position to see the Earth transit the Sun?” These stars must be relatively close to the plane of the Earth’s orbit. They discovered 2,034 stars in what they called the Earth Transit Zone. 117 of them are within 100 light-years or less. 75 of them are close enough to receive radio waves from Earth.
“From the exoplanets’ point of view, we are the aliens”
Lisa Kaltenegger and Jackie Faherty were not the first astronomers to contemplate the Earth Transit Zone. But they were the first to consider what stars might be moving into it, or out of it. My teachers never told me that the stars move relative to each other. But they’ve been doing it for a long, long time. The star known as Ross 128 used to be in the Earth Transit Zone, but left it 900 years ago. The star known as Teegarden’s Star will enter the Earth Transit Zone in 29 years.
I found this interesting because the astronomers considered the possibility that humanity is part of a greater community of intelligent life. This is something taught in great detail by the New Message from God.
I dream the far-off watchers of the skies. Suppose a star is in the Earth Transit Zone. If there is a planet orbiting that star, an astronomer on that planet could see the Earth. There’s nothing we could do about that. But we could stop sending probes into interstellar space. We could stop broadcasting everything about ourselves into space. We could be more discreet about our affairs.
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