Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Planet evaporating in star’s heat and ‘Human Colonies in Space’

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 - Researchers at MIT, NASA and elsewhere have detected a possible planet, some 1,500 light years away, that appears to be evaporating under the blistering heat of its parent star. The scientists infer that a long tail of debris - much like the tail of a comet - is following the planet, and that this tail may tell the story of the planet's disintegration. According to the team's calculations, the tiny exoplanet, not much larger than Mercury, will completely disintegrate within 100 million years. See article.
g Life - Satellite data is helping scientists understand how the forests around Mt. St. Helens have recovered in the 32 years since the volcano erupted. See article.
g Cosmicus - Book alert: “The High Frontier: Human Colonies in Space” is a 1976 book by Gerard K. O'Neill, a road map for what the United States might do in outer space after the Apollo program, the drive to place a man on the Moon. See article.

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