What is Metalaw?

According to Dr. Ernst Fasan, Metalaw is “the entire sum of legal rules regulating relationships between different races in the universe.” Metalaw is the “first and basic ‘law’ between races” providing the ground rules for a relationship if and when we establish communication with or encounter another intelligent race in the universe. Dr. Fasan envisioned these rules as governing both human conduct and that of extraterrestrial races so as to avoid mutually harmful activities.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

And suddenly, exoplanets galore!

(Credit: NASA/Ames/JPL-Caltech)
The trickle of new exoplanet discoveries is quickly becoming a torrent, and the day of the announcement of the first true Earth analog appears to be rapidly approaching.  In just the last month or so:

Dec. 5, 2011: The first habitable Super-Earth is discovered in orbit around a sun-like star (close, but way too big to be considered "Earth-like").

Dec. 20, 2011:  The first Earth-sized exoplanets are discovered (although we don't yet know if they are terrestrial planets like Earth, or gaseous like Neptune).

And just today, two separate paradigm-bending stories:

(Credit: NASA/Ames/JPL-Caltech)
Virtually every star in our galaxy has planets AND . . . Astronomers announce the discovery of a single planetary system with THREE terrestrial planets, all smaller than Earth . . . but not in the star's habitable zone.

Will the announcement of the first true Earth analog, a terrestrial planet located in the habitable zone of a star more or less like our Sun, occur in 2012?

Like many others, my guess is yes, it will.

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