Sunday, June 08, 2008

Omega Nebula star nursery and new technology for locating ETI

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 - Detailed images of the starbirth nursery in the Omega Nebula have revealed a multi component structure in the envelope of dust and gas surrounding a very young star. The stellar newborn, called M17-SO1, has a flaring torus of gas and dust, and thin conical shells of material above and below the torus. See article. Note: This article is from 2005. See article.
g Message - Plans are being developed to use new technology to search for possible extraterrestrial intelligence. Astronomers will scan a select portion of the sky where the likelihood of detecting signals from other worlds is thought to be more favorable. See article.
g Cosmicus - Iowa State University has now established the Asteroid Deflection Research Center (ADRC). The ADRC will gather researchers from around the world to develop technologies that will protect the Earth from devastating impacts. See article.
g Aftermath - Here's a fascinating idea: A group of serious scientists, writers, military leaders and others discussing how to establish a constructive dialogue between humanity and ETI, once contact is made. See article.

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