Monday, May 07, 2012

New model of brown dwarf formation and studying Jupiter’s moons for habitability

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 - Researchers have developed a new model of brown dwarf formation. Understanding how these low mass objects form and evolve can help astrobiologists understand their potential for supporting solar systems with habitable planets. See article.
g Abodes - Linked to the close of the Mayan calendar, a variety of rumors have spread regarding ways the world could end in 2012. One popular contender is Nibiru, a supposed planet that some claim will collide with Earth at the end of the year. But despite the buzz, there is no scientific evidence supporting the alleged planet's existence. See article.
g Cosmicus - The European Space Agency has selected its next large science mission - the Jupiter Icy moons Explorer (JUICE). JUICE is set to launch in 2022 and will study the diverse moons of Jupiter and their potential as habitats for life. See article.

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