My “SAT” score is WAY up there! SAT = Stupendous Astronomical Thinking
Musing about the Milky Way got me to musing about salvation. Come, join me in some serious, stupendous, and startling astronomical thinking. We have drawn the astronomical answers from examining various scientific sources on the web, but we shall not bother to link to them all because sometimes the answer we use is a composite.
In any case, even if the numbers are not in perfect agreement with other reputable sources, we are dealing with such mind-boggling numbers, that it is immaterial to the bottom line of where we are headed in this essay. Let’s begin with this question:
How many stars are in our Milky Way galaxy?
There are different models for estimating the number of stars in the Milky Way and the answers they give differ depending on what is used as the average mass of a star. The most common answer seems to be that there are 100 billion stars in the Milky Way on the low-end and 400 billion on the high end. But I’ve seen even higher numbers thrown around, too. Source: How Many Stars in the Milky Way? | NASA Blueshift
JWB: We will use the low end = 100 billion stars in the Milky Way galaxy
(Photo of the Milky Way by Andy Vu at Pexels)
How many galaxies are there in the universe?
While estimates among different experts vary, an acceptable range is between 100 billion and 200 billion galaxies, said Mario Livio, an astrophysicist at the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore, Maryland. The James Webb Space Telescope is expected to reveal even more information about early galaxies in the universe, according to The Astrophysical Journal. Source: How Many Galaxies Are There? | Space
JWB: Again, we shall take the low end = 100 billion galaxies in the universe
JWB: Therefore, a very low-end estimate of stars in universe = 100,000,000,000 x 100,000,000,000 = 10,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 = 1 x 1022
How many habitable planets are there in our galaxy?
Thanks to new research using data from the Kepler space telescope, it’s estimated that there could be as many as 300 million potentially habitable planets in our galaxy. Some could even be pretty close, with several likely within 30 light-years of our Sun. The findings will be published in The Astronomical Journal, and research was a collaboration of scientists from NASA, the SETI Institute, and other organizations worldwide.
“This is the first time that all of the pieces have been put together to provide a reliable measurement of the number of potentially habitable planets in the galaxy,” said co-author Jeff Coughlin, an exoplanet researcher at the SETI Institute and Director of Kepler’s Science Office. “This is a key term of the Drake Equation, used to estimate the number of communicable civilizations—we’re one step closer on the long road to finding out if we’re alone in the cosmos.”
The Drake Equation is a probabilistic argument that details the factors to consider when estimating the potential number of technologically advanced civilizations in the galaxy that could be detected. The Drake Equation is also often considered to be a roadmap for astrobiology and guides much of the research at the SETI Institute. Source: How many habitable planets are out there? (phys.org)
Another source says there are “As many as six billion Earth-like planets in our galaxy, according to new estimates. Source: As many as six billion Earth-like planets in our galaxy, according to new estimates (phys.org)
JWB’s Average of the two = 3 billion habitable planets just in our Milky Way galaxy alone!
JWB’s very low-end estimate of habitable planets in the universe = 3 billion per galaxy x 100 billion galaxies in the universe = 300 billion habitable planets in the universe!
How many are actually inhabited? Again, let us assume an extremely low-end estimate of a mere 1% = 3 billion = 3,000,000,000. At this point in our SAT exercise, let us now visualize only one other planet where there are human beings or sentient beings of some sort.
Should we assume the inhabitants of that planet are all perfect beings, where there are never any wars, never any lying, cheating, stealing, adultery, coveting, murders, rapes, kidnapping, or just plain unkindnesses? Everyone is utterly perfect?!
I find that extremely unlikely. Based upon my many decades-long familiarity with the theories and claims of many in the UFOlogy community, it would seem that among all the so-called “ET’s” (“space brothers”) out there, we have yet to find a wholly perfected race of beings. It’s not even debatable.
Some that have appeared to be the most loving, kind, wise, etc. (almost always via channeling, not physical beings), turn out to have been deceivers all along. Hmmm…. Didn’t the Scriptures warn us about satans/demons posing as angels (messengers) of light?
(Photo credit: Otto Rascon at Pexels. Our guess: shot taken at one of the occasional conventions of UFO enthusiasts who create and dress up as various “aliens.” Loving-looking creatures, eh? Wonder if they have the LGBTQ issue in their advanced society? 😎)
We gave a stellar example (pun intended) of demons posing as messengers of light back in December 2021 in our short series (5 blogs total) on CERN and the English Channeler. Here are the links:
My point in all this SAT musing, is to pose the question. If there are only three hundred, or as many as 300 billion planets in the universe with “people” on them, did the Almighty Creator of them all, our heavenly Father, have to send Himself in their form, to die for them also, as He did by sending Himself as Jesus for us on this earth?
And if so, isn’t that an awful thing to have to contemplate? And at the same time, could He do it? Of course, He could; but would He? Or did He have some other way to “save” them, too? Or… (drum roll, please, because this is the one possibility we would never expect to hear on Ancient Aliens, or at any UFO convention, or any other gathering of UFO “experts…)
Namely, is it possible that there are no other sentient beings on any other planets in our galaxy or in the entire universe, but that His stupendous creation of the universe is presently uninhabited by any other sentient life, but it is reserved for the sons of God to discover and explore when we shall have attained to that divine gift of immortality and incorruptibility?! …Just musing, that’s all… Thoughts, anyone?