Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Hazes in atmosphere of planet orbiting distant star and extraterrestrial microbial life in the Earth's stratosphere

Welcome! “Alien Life” tracks the latest discoveries and thoughts in the various elements of the famous Drake Equation. You may notice that this and future entries are shorter than usual; career, family and book deal commitments have forced me to cut back some of my projects. Now, here’s today’s news:
g Stars - A black hole blasting an immense jet of energy into a neighboring galaxy has been observed by astronomers for the first time. See article.
g Abodes - A team of astronomers have used the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope to detect, for the first time, strong evidence of hazes in the atmosphere of a planet orbiting a distant star. See article.
g Life - A team of scientists from India and the United Kingdom claims to have found extraterrestrial microbial life in the Earth's stratosphere, but others in the astrobiology community have their doubts. See article. Note: This article is from 2001.

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