Thursday, February 23, 2012

Exoworld’s thick, steamy atmosphere confirmed and new telescope being developed for observing other planets

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 using NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory have clocked the fastest wind yet discovered blowing off a disk around a stellar-mass black hole. This result has important implications for understanding how this type of black hole behaves. See article.
g Abodes - Our solar system contains rocky worlds, gas giants and ice giants. Extrasolar planets come in a much wider variety, and new observations have identified yet another planetary type - a water world with a thick, steamy atmosphere. See article.
g Life - For the first time, scientists have observed a sugar in the gas phase. The study will aid in the study of such molecules in interstellar space. See article.
g Cosmicus - Astronomers are developing new technology for a space telescope that would sit high above the Earth's surface and observe how planets around other stars form and evolve. The mission would return valuable data for astrobiologists who are searching for distant, habitable worlds. See article.

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