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Many of you know that I am a big fan of the recent Star Wars movie, Rogue One. With the death of Carrie Fisher at the end of 2016, one could not talk about her without talking about her iconic role of Princess Leia in the original trilogy. The younger version of Princess Leia was magically used in this new film and now that she is gone, I have found some comfort in watching the first Star Wars film, “A New Hope.” I also watched it in order to see how seamless the transition between the new films really was.

In the blogosphere, there has been a lot of buzz and even some conspiracy theories being made about Carrie Fisher’s death and while many of them are too outrageous and exploitive to even be reported, I discovered something by accident while I was researching these theories, and I wanted to share with you something that I found quite compelling about why there has been a resurgence of interest in the “classic” Star Wars model.

Beyond the political analysis of the films which recently has been mistakenly said to be biased against Trump, and the blatant parallels of the good guys fighting space Nazis, I discovered that if you look carefully at the films, you may just see an analog planetary system that may look familiar to those who have been following the announcements last year of exoplanets which could sustain life.

We know that exoplanet research is in its infancy but by some estimates there are 700 quintillion terrestrial like or Earth-like planets in the universe. I don’t think we can envision what a million or a billion looks like let alone a quintillion and about 600 more quintillion added to that.

With those estimated terrestrial planets, I don’t see how anyone can say there is absolutely no way there could be other life in space.

In the Star Wars movies, we are told that what happened in that fictional universe happened in the past, or a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away and in its sheer cosmic eeriness starlight is coming to us from the past.

We’re seeing our present at the location we are in the timeline, and a star’s past at the location it occupies in the timeline. Since no events can travel faster than light, neither can causal effects. Thus, from where we are, the star is still in our sky, because the space we can interact with goes further into the past as its distance from us increases. In other words, we’re always surrounded by the past.

The size of our galaxy is about 100,000 light years across, but the ages of most stars are measured in millions or billions of years. So, the travel time of the light to us is a tiny fraction of the stellar lifetime. For this event to occur, you need to see a star near the end of its life. Such an object is Betelgeuse in the constellation Orion. It is a massive supergiant that may be somewhere in the last 100,000 years of its life. It is however only about 700 light years away, so there is less than a 1% chance that this has already exploded and the light is on its way.

Technically, you are seeing the past when you look at your hand. Granted it is at a nanosecond or two but on a quantum level your hand could have exploded into dust a nanosecond ago and you wouldn’t even know.

Now in the past fictional universe in that galaxy far far away, we know that our heroes live on and travel to planets and it is there where they plot the rebellion against the empire.

However, according to author Neel Patel, there are at least 8 known exoplanets that have Star Wars dopplegangers or analogues.

In the Star Wars universe, Coruscant is basically the capital of the galaxy — it is, for all intents and purposes, a representation of human civilization whose technology provides the livelihood for their civilization.

A type of Courascant planet can be developed on the Kepler-452b, a real exoplanet that many in the scientific world have started labeling as Earth’s older cousin. It orbits a star similar to our sun, though older by about 1.5 billion years; and is about 60 percent larger than our planet as well.

Coruscant itself is a climate engineered world, so if we had the technology, it would not be totally out of the realm of possibility to turn Kepler-452b into an Earth-like twin.

The planet, Mustufar, was first seen in Revenge of the Sith, and again we see the lava filled planet in Rogue One. Its doppelganger is a planet called CoRoT-7B, a scorching exoplanet with a 3,600 degree Fahrenheit surface, located 480 light-years away, about five times the mass of the Earth.

It’s thought to be a boiled-down remnant of a gaseous Saturn-like planet, with an orbit close enough to its star that there’s never a cool moment. Obviously it’s too hot for any human to ever set foot on the surface or even get close, but if you wanted the same kind of scenery as Mustafar.

Kepler-16b is the largest discovered exoplanet that orbits two suns. This planet has a remarkable resemblance to Tatooine, the Desert Planet where Luke Skywalker lived. I think that they even named it Tatooine because of its similarities.

The icy planet of Hoth in, The Empire Strikes Back, looks a lot like the exoplanet, OGLE-2005-BLG-390.

This planet is pretty much a planet made of frozen tundra. The surface of this super-Earth comes out to minus 364 degrees Fahrenheit, locking in the whole planet into a deep freeze. Scientists think it might be a failed Jupiter that veered off to the cold side.

If you recall in the Star Wars film, “Attack of the Clones,” Kamino was the birthplace of the clone army. It was planet inhabited by familiar looking tall alien grays. Kepler-22b is about 2.4 times the size of Earth’s radius, is not confirmed as an ocean-covered planet yet, and it might actually be a gaseous world, but there’s some evidence to suggest it may have a liquid ocean no word yet on what kind of liquid though.

If it is like a gaseous planet we could find a city in the clouds like Bespin, the place that princess Leia sarcastically called the “Lando System.”

If you want the ultimate Doppleganger to the Death Star, you can travel to the Jovian system. The Jovian system is right in our back yard as it is the domain of the gas giants. The moon of Saturn, Mimas is a dead ringer for the Death Star.

In another remarkable science fiction film in Prometheus, director Ridley Scott’s 2012 prequel to Alien, the android David played by Michael Fassbender asks: “How far would you go to get your answers?”

In 2017, we will go to Saturn and Jupiter to find the answers as to whether or not life exists in space, albeit closer to Earth.

Scientists seem to be united in the view that 2017 will be the year the search for extra-terrestrial life will focus on Jupiter’s moon Europa and Saturn’s moon Enceladus, and they seem to be unusually optimistic that they will find something.

The quest to see if we are alone in the universe is inconclusive according to scientists. So what makes them think 2017 will be any different?

Simon Foster, a physicist from the Imperial College London, UK believes that the signs of alien life will be found on Enceladus and Europa, and has quickly dismissed claims made by certain websites that life has already been found on Mars and Jupiter.

According to Professor Foster, NASA’s Cassini mission is likely to discover something stunning, like traces of life in the celestial bodies in and around the orbits of Jupiter or Saturn.

The reason these moons inspire so much hope in alien hunters is the fact that beneath their kilometers-thick ice surfaces, there are huge oceans directly in contact with mantles that could feature volcanic activity, giving rise to the perfect environment for life to flourish.

In 2016, we were excited about what we were hearing about possible alien mega structures being detected in space. Tabby’s star was announced as possibly having an alien mega structure surrounding it.

Tabby’s star is located 1,200 light-years away toward the constellation Cygnus and has been inexplicably flickering and fading by such large amounts that it cannot be easily explained by natural causes. One astronomer speculated that it’s encased within a vast alien megastructure, and although scientists have yet to solve that particular stellar mystery, they are continuing to scour the sky in search of these colossal construction projects — both within and beyond our home galaxy.

These megastructures are better known as Dyson Spheres, and from an engineering perspective, they sound pretty wild. It’s true that a sphere which completely encloses a star is impractical — but a swarm of mirrors that orbit the star, or a ring of mirrors that could look as majestic as the rings of Saturn are practical. They’re so practical, in fact, that human beings already have most of the tools to build one.

Now science wants to continue to investigate the possibility that there may be more alien structures to be found in space.

In 2016, there was the announcement of a duplicate earth called Proxima B. The earthlike planet was said to be located 4.2 light years away, which is a stone’s throw in cosmic terms.

The discovery came just a few months after Stephen Hawking and billionaire entrepreneur Yuri Milner announced the Breakthrough Starshot Initiative—a concept mission for traveling to the Alpha/Proxima Centauri system.

The San Francisco-based Messaging Extra Terrestrial Intelligence or METI was founded just last year under the better-known organization SETI — Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence. This year they are undertaking a project that will hopefully be able to beam signals to Proxima B.

METI will attempt to initiate first contact with any potential alien life on Proxima B by the end of 2018. The researchers hope to raise around $1 million per year to repeatedly beam radio signals to the nearby exoplanet for the foreseeable future. It would be the first focused, sustained effort of its kind.

The transmission could comprise either radio or laser signals. The exact message content is still to be determined, but it won’t be the kind of spoken-language message we more commonly associate with communication. Instead, it’ll be a much more universal language—mathematics.

So contact will be attempted this year and hopefully successful by 2018.

Perhaps this is the reason why Star Wars has returned to theaters and will be with us every year if Disney has its way. It can be said that there have been films in 2016 and there will be many movies in 2017 that will prepare us for the big announcement.

In 2016 we saw the film, Arrival that many believe will get an Academy award nomination. It is rare that science fiction ever is considered, however, the tone of the film was reverential in its scope of how we communicate with aliens rather than how they can invade and incinerate us. In 2017, the movie, Alien Covenant, the prequel to both Prometheus and the Alien films, will most likely reveal that the alien engineers live on a planet that appears to be like Eden and the revelation of the method will have us question our origins and our relationship with possible alien beings.

There has always been the notion in conspiracy circles that movies and television shows often forestructure major events and that when they happen eventually, it jars our consciousness because we have a collective memory of what we were shown in a theatre or on a television program. This type of forestructuring has also been seen in comic books and in some science fiction novels.

For the uninitiated, Alan Watt is a philosopher and writer, who is a much sought after speaker on topics dealing in esoteric knowledge. He has made himself into a self-styled truth seeker and has written several books on the occult.

His definition of what we call the “revelation of the method” is most often abused in the conspiracy fringe circles. This is because paranoia dictates that there is often bad intent with this type of media magic and at times there is the tendency to write off coincidence and synchronicity as mere fantasies. However, it is not at all out of the question to determine that perhaps there is an agenda in the media to approximate or fore structure events in fiction in order to lessen the blow when they occur in our reality or timeline.

Assumptions, hypothesis and analysis have always centered on the topic inculcating aliens, space crafts and life in other planets. Somehow, there has always been maintained some sort of secrecy with the same. Quotes, statements and declassified documents have started to be released by the top notch secret agencies. A number of government is gradually coping with the idea that the worldwide population has a right to know that we are the not the only one in the Universe. It is evident, that numerous military officials, astronauts and the Government officials are speaking publicly about the alien life and the alien spacecraft existence.

In fact, when it comes to having secret information with respect to the aliens, the spacecrafts and the life on another planets, people all around the globe are aware of the fact, that the United States have immense disclosure to pursue.

The Earth is once again detecting fast radio bursts, powerful pulses of radio energy of unknown cosmic origin. There is one that is still repeating and science has pinpointed where it is coming from.

FRB 121102, the only repeating fast radio burst know to science, is located over three billion light years away, in a dwarf galaxy a thousand times dimmer than the Milky Way, according to new research.

Not only does the new analysis confirm that mysterious radio bursts emanate from a source far beyond our galaxy, zeroing in on their location means we can start unraveling what exactly that source is.

Could it be a beacon from an alien civilization finally calling us?

In 2017, we may answer the call and who knows maybe the signal was first sent to us from a long time ago in a galaxy that is far from anything we can imagine.

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