Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Closest Earth-like planet we know of and current searches for ETI

Welcome! "Alien Life" tracks the latest discoveries and thoughts in the various elements of the famous Drake Equation.Here's today's news:
g Abodes - Astronomers have witnessed a super-Earth, which was first discovered in 2004, eclipsing its star. Because the star is only 40 light years away, this is the closest Earth-like planet we know of, although the planet is too hot to support life as we know it. See article.
g Message - Are We Alone? It's a fundamental question, which has haunted humankind since first we realized that the points of light in the night sky are other suns. Today we have the technology to seek a definitive answer! The SETI League, Inc. is participatory science. Founded in 1994, we are the international grass-roots organization dedicated to privatizing the electromagnetic Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence. Together, fifteen hundred members in five dozen countries on all seven continents are keeping alive the quest for our cosmic companions. See article.
g Cosmicus - NASA's Dawn spacecraft has begun its first science-collecting orbit phase at Vesta. See article.

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