But after a bit, I really began to wonder. What is the chance of real life out there?
They, and in this case They means SETI (Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence) and NASA (that one is a little more widely understood). Anyway, according to the information these two groups pull together there is at least 10,000 other galaxies inside of "Our Universe". And yes, that's what the name of our universe is, Our Universe. Does anyone else just want to "tsk tsk"? The same generations which gave us "The Milky Way" as the name of our galaxy give us "Our Universe".
Well, inside of our galaxy alone, there are 72 other potential planets where intelligent life could potentially exist. SETI believes the soonest they could connect with us would be another 400 years. Hmmmm... I think I'll keep to my imagination where I talk to them quite often. The longest it could take is another 24+ thousand years. Now, I don't know about you, but I don't think I'll be around by then.
So, not to be ungrateful, because I love good information as much as anyone, but I have to tell you I was a little disappointed. However, at least we know.
And with knowledge comes inspiration and a little imagination. I mean, just think...this is where Rignor Galaxy comes from. Not from one of the 10,000 other galaxies in "Our Universe", but from a worm hole just on the side of the tail corner end of "Our Universe" which leads to another and another, and we end up with a stack of universes looking a bit like a melted, yummy, grilled cheese sandwich.
So, this is how I get my ideas if you ever wondered. Watching television, and getting hungry? No, by taking fact and throwing in my own twist of fiction. Our life is only as good as we can imagine it to be. So, I've imagined my life full of wonderful family, friends, all happy and loving each other, me cancer free, and writing what I love most, just because its inside of me to do it.
So, get excited yourself the next time you hear someone say "To infinity and beyond!", maybe it just means they're creating their own life. Or maybe they know someone who knows a Kataran...