Monday, February 02, 2009

Exoplanetology and ‘The Quest for Extraterrestrial Intelligence’

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 Abodes - Here’s a fascinating new Web site: It’s a “hub of the emerging new field of Exoplanet Science,” according to the site introduction, adding “This site is a growing repository of ideas, insights, resources, and relevant news gathered from around the web regarding the study of exoplanets. The goal of this website is to provide the most extensive and updated resource for the new science of exoplanets.”
g Message - Here’s a classic essay on SETI: Carl Sagan’s “The Quest for Extraterrestrial Intelligence”.
g Cosmicus - NASA has announced that the Kepler Telescope, a new observatory destined for one of the most important missions in astronomy, namely to find planets similar to the Earth orbiting other stars, is nearing completion in Florida. Scheduled to take off on March 5, the newest addition to the American space agency's arsenal will analyze over 100,000 stars over the course of its 3.5 year-long mission, in hope of finding periodic brightness fluctuations, which would imply that another celestial body, perhaps a planet, has passed in between the star and the observatory. See article.

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