Tuesday, November 23, 2010

More exoplanet discoveries coming and interstellar messaging

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 - A new image from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer shows what looks like a glowing jellyfish floating at the bottom of a dark, speckled sea. In reality, this critter belongs to the cosmos - it's a dying star surrounded by fluorescing gas and two very unusual rings. See article.
g Abodes - Discoveries of worlds outside our solar system are increasing – and new space telescopes raise the chances of finding more. See article.
g Message - Here’s a neat Web site: “Interstellar Messaging.” You’ll find discussion, history and real-world examples of mankind's methods and ongoing attempts to communicate with extraterrestrials. See article.
g Cosmicus - The passenger-carrying suborbital SpaceShipTwo is headed for more aggressive testing — a step-by-step shakeout of the vehicle before entering commercial operation. See article.
g Aftermath - What are the societal implications of astrobiology? A NASA workshop in 1999 set out to determine what they might be. See report.

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