Monday, February 20, 2012

Eta Carinae‘s outburst and microorganisms below the Atacama Desert

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 - Astronomers are watching a delayed broadcast of a spectacular outburst from the unstable, behemoth double-star system Eta Carinae, an event initially seen on Earth nearly 170 years ago. See article.
g Abodes - Scientists are now using one of the most powerful supercomputers in the world to better understand the processes that give rise to space weather. See article.
g Life - Researchers have discovered an oasis of microorganisms two meters below the surface of the Atacama Desert in Chile. The study could help scientists better understand the potential for life in the subsurface of planets like Mars. See article.
g Cosmicus - NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has returned images of the lander for the Mars Exploration Rover Spirit and NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander. See article.

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