Sunday, August 29, 2010

Seven-planet solar system discovered and ‘Wonders of the Solar System’

Welcome! "Alien Life" tracks the latest discoveries and thoughts in the various elements of the famous Drake Equation. Here's today's news:
g Stars - When researchers found an unusual linkage between solar flares and the inner life of radioactive elements on Earth, it touched off a scientific detective investigation that could end up protecting the lives of space-walking astronauts and maybe rewriting some of the assumptions of physics. See article.
g Abodes - Astronomers have discovered a distant solar system containing up to seven planets orbiting a Sun-like star. One of the planets may have the lowest mass of any extrasolar planet discovered thus far. The discovery is a further step toward identifying habitable worlds around distant stars. See article.
g Message - Virtually all SETI experiments probe the skies looking for broadcasts from afar: radio or light signals that would tell us that someone as sharp-witted as ourselves is out there. But could it be that while we use binoculars to scan the cosmic sea, bottled messages have washed up unnoticed at our feet? See article. This article is from 2004.
g Cosmicus - The construction of a new rocket launch site in Russia's Far East will begin next year, the country's top space official said in a scientific council meeting. See article.
g Learning - A new five-part documentary series, “Wonders of the Solar System,” takes you on an exotic travelogue through the solar system. See review.

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