***Editor’s Note: Our friend, Artur Sebastian Rosman of Cosmos The In Lost at Patheos, was looking for a Catholic response to news that astronomers have spotted several possibly habitable exoplanets in our corner of the galaxy. TwtC host Chris Altieri had the idea to reach out to Fr. Brian Reedy SJ, a biophysicist, philosopher, and officer in the US Navy, to talk about the discovery – get the full write-up on Cosmos , here.
The U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration captured the attention and imagination of a global audience late last month, when NASA scientists announced the discovery of seven planets orbiting a star dubbed TRAPPIST-1 (an acronym for Transiting Planets and Planetesimals Small Telescope), a mere 40 light-years distant from Earth, all of which are Earth-sized and three of which are in the so-called “goldilocks” or habitable zone – meaning that their positions relative to their “home” star suggest they could have liquid water and temperatures capable of sustaining life as we know it.
We reached out to Fr. Brian Reedy SJ, a biophysicist (and philosopher and theologian and officer in the US Navy), who talked us through the science and shared some of his thoughts on the possible implications of discovering we have neighbors in our corner of the galaxy.