Absolutely all research programs for extraterrestrial life are focused on the study of exoplanets, which are similar in many ways or once were to Earth in the distant past.
However, physicists Louis Anchordochi and Eugene Chudnovsky of the City University of New York consider this approach to be irrational and depriving us of a coherent picture of the order of the world.
Life, according to them, can have completely bizarre forms and even live, for example, in the bowels of stars.
The authors of the study do not claim that highly developed extraterrestrial civilizations hide inside the stars, but they do not exclude the possibility that “something” could live there, leaving behind an offspring before being destroyed by heat and pressure.
Undoubtedly, the study is largely speculative, but it expands the search for extraterrestrial life.
If we really want to find “spiritual brothers”, we must consider various options and admit the impossible, which does not fit in our head.
It is quite possible that even inside our Sun there are also life forms totally unidentified to us.
A funny extraterrestrial life
According to the hypothesis of Anchordoka and Chudnovsky, life inside stars can be based not on DNA, like life on Earth, but, for example, on monopole particles – elementary particles with a single magnetic pole, which are able to quickly form massive structures and reproduce.
This may well provide something like genetic mutations without the involvement of DNA, which will assign new traits to offspring, perhaps even before intelligence arises.
“Compared to the lifetime of a star, its lifetime is an instant spark of light in the dark. What is important is that such a spark succeeds in producing other sparks before it dies out, thus ensuring a long life for the species,” the researchers write.
“Complexity evolving through mutations and natural selection increases with the number of generations passed. Therefore, if the lifetimes of self-replicating nuclear species are as short as those of many unstable composite nuclear objects, they can quickly evolve into enormous complexity. »
Hypothetically speaking, it may be possible that such a life form could develop intelligence, and possibly even high intelligence, Chudnovsky says.
The study authors believe that hypothetical star interior hosts should be sought inside these luminaries, which cool and darken abnormally quickly.
The star’s strange behavior can be explained by the unquenchable activity of bizarre life, “feeding” on the thermonuclear energy that surrounds it.
What such a species would look like is a feast for the imagination. But we don’t need to know what they look like to look for signs of their presence.
Because these organisms would use some of their host star’s energy to survive and propagate, stars that appear to cool faster than stellar models predict could be hosts to what researchers call “nuclear life.” “.
Several stars of this type have been observed, and their slightly accelerated cooling remains a mystery. Stars with unexplained erratic light intensity could also be a good place to start, such as EPIC 249706694.
The researchers are careful to note that it would be extremely difficult to establish a link between these stars and nuclear life. But there are some interesting anomalies. And interesting possibilities too.
“The universe may be saturated with life so different from life on Earth that we cannot even identify its existence,” the scientists add.