By Tim Metcalfe
Earth - 149,597,870.691 km or 1 Astronomical Unit (AU) from the sun, our home, or is it? At least at the current time it is. As Albert Einstein said on hearing of the death of Michele Besso, a long time close friend:-
Artistic impression of terraforming
Maybe not for the first time, for those of you well read in the case for the existence of Lemuria and Atlantis, we are reaching out into space 'to explore strange new worlds'. Entertaining the possibility of human life extending beyond the boundaries of Earth, is not unfamiliar in the modern world, and with the concept of terra-forming moving out of that of science fiction into that of science fact, is it not feasible to see humans colonising other worlds in the not too distant future? Could we 'the children of "Mother Earth"' re-create the Majesty of Gaia in another solar system 'in a galaxy far far away'? Have we attempted to do this before yet failed? The possible existence of high culture in ancient times is well documented. Are we yet another attempt by the life force of Gaia to reproduce and survive as the inevitable supernova of our sun draws ever closer?
Astrologers and Astronomers alike once believed Earth to be the centre of our solar system, resulting in the geocentric nature of astrology. If it wasn't for great mathematicians and thinkers like, Copernicus, Johannes Kepler, Tycho Brahe, and Galileo Galilei we would still have little understanding of the true nature of our own planet. We now know so much but still have so much yet to learn.
(Left: Copernicus's groundbreaking heliocentric solar system.)
How lucky we are to be able to see images from our satellites of our wonderful blue planet. What would the 17th century thinkers listed above, especially Galileo, have made of the Hubble telescope? The boundaries for scientific development and discovery are endless, where will we be centuries from now? What will our vision of the heavens become? Again to Quote Einstein:-