01/13/2010 (8 Comments)

Thellie, Cobalt – I need you to EMAIL me ASAP so I can put your names in Akaelae #8 that I’m finishing today for your cameos! And I need Chrome to email me tooooo.. *sigh* I’ll remember who you are the moment you email me. 9.9 I just can’t recall it right now.

10 thoughts on “01/13/2010 (8 Comments)

  1. Even teleporting through parallel dimensions has it’s limits.

    On a semi-related note, I wonder if the distance between Earth and Cyantia is tens of light-years (and therefore they would be getting a constant supply of radio broadcasts from Earth on Cyantia) or hundreds of light-years (in which case the average Cyantian would know next to nothing about even the existence of Earth).

  2. I’m sure it’s far enough that simple radio doesn’t have the strength to make it to Cyantian airwaves. Earth radio probably hasn’t even reached Cyantia yet.

    I do recall that there are only around 5000 humans on Cyantia and that humans are actually legends or viewed as demons in some societies! So, no, probably not.

  3. Such a sad, thoughtful group in that last panel.
    Hariman, I would have to agree with you, there. Long ways off. More light years than I care to count.

  4. Depressing.

  5. Interestingly enough, if Cyantia was within a range of 5,000 light years from Sol (our star), there’s a potential liklihood of it being detected as an extrasolar planet. Not necessarily known to harbor its current forms of life (as with a 5,000 light year distance the place would not yet have been populated except by indigenous creatures), but nonetheless detectable.
    Of course, there is also a bit of a scarcity of G-type Main Sequence single (non-binary) stars within that range…
    I think it’s well within reason to state that Cyantia is within this 5,000 light year range, but out past 1000 light years (yeah, that’s a HUGE volume of space). This would put Cyantia far outside of our transmission range (approximately 100 – 120 light years), and us outside of theirs (as elsewise something leaking in the radio spectrum would have been detected inside the time when radio astronomy began (1931 AD).

  6. @Mika Kyubi: Great answer! It looks like I’m not the only scientist reading the comic (I study molecular biology in plants).

  7. Well to add my 2 cents to the radio wave debate another thing to consider is that the strength of a radio-signal decreases with distance from the source. Eventually at some point the strength of any commercial broadcast from earth would be so weak it would be indistinguishable from the background noise in space. I also seem to recall reading at one point that this occurs only a few light-years away from the sol system.

    So unless the Cyantian scientists knew exactly where Earth was in relation to their planet and had an ultra-sensitive receiver aimed in our direction, odds are they’d never hear any of our broadcasts.

  8. Heh, I see you’ve covered the Quinn angle too.
    And yes, it is possible that they are alive. It’s also possible that they’re dead somewhere else.


    1. Well, how do you do that if you can walk through walls and fly, anyway.

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