Bill Rabinovitch
Sees a Second Exoplanet


"What happened?" asks Germain.


"I was running one of my co-processors to calculate when the computations would be finished; when I saw there wasn't enough time, I had it run Fermi approximations for all the calculations still running," Fantasy replies.


"Then at the last second before the debris would start hitting us, I did the jump using the Fermi approximations for each calculation that hadn't completed. Naturally I made sure the margins for error would put us further out, rather than too close to the star."


"Sorry I didn't explain what I was doing, but I couldn't spare a co-processor to run on my speech bus," Fantasy apologises.


"Good work. Let's fly in on thruster power for a closer look at this exoplanet. Meanwhile, start the calculations for the next jump in case we need to leave here in a hurry."


Bill inquires, "Where are we?"


Bill continues, "We left in such a hurry, you never said where we were going. I don't even know what I'm sketching."


"We're in the area you call the constellation Eridanus; heading toward the star you call 40 Eridani A," responds Germain.


Bill asks, "And you picked this one because the exoplanet is in the Golidlocks zone?"


Fantasy interjects, "The plane of this exo-planet's orbit would never put it between 40 Eridani A and Earth, so it couldn't be detected from Earth by occluding this star."


"Actually, I picked this one because Father Flash recommended it."


"Our scanners are picking up life signs!"


Bill is impressed, "Wow, did the Force tell you there would be life here, Father Flash?"


"You could say that, or you could say some of my parishioners claimed this is where they came from."


"You have Eridani parishioners?" Bill inquires.


"Well, they claim to be from here, but they call themselves Vulcans."


"Great! If there are Vulcans here, at least they should be friendly."


"I wouldn't count on it. The Star Trek series you're familiar with takes place in the 23rd century. We're approaching Vulcan now, in the 21st century. Spock hasn't even been born yet, and the United Federation of Planets hasn't been formed yet. According to their beliefs, Earth and Vulcan become allies 200 years in the future, but at this point in their history Vulcans are still quite likely to regard us with suspicion."


"This is exciting! I can't wait to get a closer look."


"Before I became an artist, I worked in astronomy, so I'm very interested in space exploration and cosmology. I was planner assistant to Riccardo Giacconi, who worked on detecting the first quasars, and became the early head project scientist of Hubble. That guy won a Nobel in astrophysics in 2002, and the National Medal of Science in 2003. He once was on a Time Magazine cover. I used to travel around the country by myself visiting radio telescope sites & NASA subcontractors. BTW Lord Anubis, you admitted the gods didn't create the universe, do you agree it was the Big Bang?"


"That was before my time. I know not the origin."


"When I went to school on Tatooine, we learned what you call the Big Bang creating the universe was just a myth. This univserse started forming at least a sextillion years before that explosion reformed it."


"How can it be a myth? All the science points to that as the origin: the cosmic background radiation, the red shift of the galaxies."


"I'll start with this, time-space isn't simply curved as you imagine, it's unstable. Because it's unstable it's able to curve. In fact, because it's unstable, the universe is possible. If time-space were stable, nothing would ever change, there would be nothing but a void for all eternity. The proof is: you'll never see the background temperature cool down to absolute zero, as would be the case if it were only energy fading after a Big Bang. What will never fade away is the instability of time-space. That looks like energy to you, and that energy is the source of everything in this universe." "


"If there was a universe before the Big Bang, then the James Webb telescope's infrared capability to see through the sacred Primordial Gas Cloud should start bringing into view myriads of galaxies from that early universe? I interviewed the head project scientist of the James Webb Space Observatory in 2010 down at Battery Park standing beside the life-size mockup of the JWT. It's going to change astronomy. He's already won 2 Nobels."


"I'm not sure what the JWT's capabilities will be. However, the Spitzer Space Telescope, and the European Southern Observatory's Visible and Infrared Survey Telescope for Astronomy (VISTA) in Chile are already seeing galaxies further back than your Big Bang theory can account for, and the Hubble Space Telescope, covering a portion of the southern field of the Great Observatories Origins Deep Survey (GOODS), has found ten times more faint and distant galaxies than we have today which are probably light from that prior universe."


"If the Big Bang didn't create everything, then how do you explain where matter came from for the earlier universe?"


"Resonances arise in that instability; you see such resonances causing the Casimir Effect. I'll show you on the monitor."


"Isn't the Casimir Effect just a theory?"


"It was first confirmed by Lamoreaux in 1997, but your scientists still can't explain the Casimir Effect correctly. I'll use the terms of your science, to explain it because it will be easier for you to understand. Once you've grasped it, I'll explain why your terms, and your science are wrong. Potential quantum particles are resonating closer and closer to becoming sub-atomic particles, and are therefore constantly close to coming into existence as quarks; those resonances that fail to stabilize decay out of existence. This old illustration which used to accompany your Wikipedia article on Casimir shows the virtual particle explanation of what's happening better than your science's zero point explanation, which your science now favors."


"Potential resonances of quarks and anti-quarks constantly approach existence as resonant states. Some become quarks, or anti-quarks, which may soon decay, but meanwhile that accounts for the Casimir effect. When the distance between the plates becomes less than a quark needs to form. there arises a difference in pressure caused by quarks forming outside the plates while none can form between them. That pressure is what you measure in the Casimir effect."


"To continue using the incorrect terms of your science, quark/anti-quark pairs resonante into existence, and annihilate themselves. More rarely three such pairs arise in close enough proximity, and in positions such that three of the quarks can exchange gluons."


"They then coalesce into a hadron (proton or neutron) and because that's a stable resonance, it doesn't go out of existence. This whimsical illustration from your Scientific American illustrates how your science imagines quarks bond. However, protons don't actually look like that. and the science is fundamentally flawed, but I'll get to that later.."


"The neutrons which coalesce soon beta decay into protons, releasing an electron. Eventually the released electrons combine with protons to form hydrogen atoms, and those atoms agglomerate, some fuse and in the process are woven into into stars, planets, moons, asteroids. That's the origin of all matter, not your Big Bang."


"That sounds like our old Steady State Theory. Based on that theory, a supposition was put forward about the distribution of radio source stars it predicted. However, observations contradicted the predictions, seeming to disprove the Steady State Theory."


"We don't make the same assumptions as your Steady State theory. The matter that was created was eventually drawn into a black hole that grew to a size which became unstable and exploded creating the Big Bang effects. So those old objections to a Steady State origin don't apply. This explains the 'Lithium Problem' with your Big Bang Theory: Lithium isn't created in a Big Bang. It was created in an earlier Universe by fusion, just as it's been created in your galaxy, which is why you see those amounts today, not the amounts predicted by your Big Bang Theory."


"Vulcan is now visible."


"It's straight ahead!" Fantasy exclaims,


The ship appraoaches the planet rapidly, and Vulcan soon looms large thru the windows.


"Very interesting alchemical discussion, Germain, but let's change topics to a more pressing issue: Why are we invading another planet we haven't been invited to land on?"


"The calculations are complete for the next jump. I started scanning the planet and located a major city."


"See if you can get a visual, Fantasy."


Fantasy responds, "I have it on the monitors."


"That looks promising, let's fly in for a closer look."


Fantasy heads the ship for the city.


"Fabulous! I want to do a sketch of this Vulcan city."


"Haven't you learned anything from our close call at the first exo-planet? Take my advice this time and don't go down there if we're not invited."


"I think they're trying to contact us. Suddenly signals appeared all across the information spectrum. They seem to be repeating the same brief message in different languages."


"Maybe that's our invitation!" Bill winks.


"Can you translate?"


"I'm attempting it. None are languages known on Tatooine, but I found one in my Bing data base of Earth languages."


"It's in Klingon, 'Your ship is entering our airspace without permission. Retreat or you will be removed!'"


"If we survive this, Germain, I hope you'll learn to listen to my advice."


"It repeats in Klingon, 'Your ship is entering our airspace without permission. Retreat, or you will be forcibly ejected.' They mean it, I see they're trying to lock some kind of beam on us. From my negative gravimeter readings. it looks like a reverse tractor beam."


"Shields up! Retreat full stern! Can you get us out of here in time, Fantasy?"


"Attempting teleport...


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