Monday, March 16, 2009

How the Sun affects Earth and Hawaii’s contribution to astrobiology

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 - Twenty years ago, astronomers witnessed a powerful explosion on the sun. Shortly after, radio signals on Earth were jammed, satellites tumbled out of control and the entire Quebec power grid went down. The event showcased the powerful and immediate affects that the sun can have on the planet Earth. See article.
g Cosmicus - With the successful launch of NASA's Kepler mission, astronomers will now use the powerful instrument alongside Hawaii's W. M. Keck telescopes to increase their chances of finding planets beyond our solar system. Together, the two sets of telescopes will examine new planets to determine whether or not they are habitable. See article.
g Learning - With the appearance of Comet Lulin in the night sky, world renown astronomers have made the trip to the Big Island of Hawaii in order to observe the event using the world class telescopes on Mauna Kea. See article.

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