Tuesday, July 03, 2012

Dramatic changes in faraway planet’s upper atmosphere and 7 misconceptions about aliens

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 using the Hubble Space Telescope have seen dramatic changes in the upper atmosphere of a faraway planet. The observations are an example of how scientists can observe changing climates and weather on distant worlds. See article.
g Cosmicus - The B612 Foundation has announced plans to build, launch and operate the first privately funded deep space mission. Sentinel will be a space telescope placed in orbit around the Sun, and will create a comprehensive map of the inner Solar System. See article.
g Imagining - A typical Hollywood alien is "soft, squishy and big on mucus," in the words of Seth Shostak, senior astronomer at the SETI Institute in Mountain View, Calif. These sci-fi lumps of goo are inclined to abduct us, probe us, hover above us and even walk among us (in disguise, of course). But far beyond Hollywood's limited scope, aliens might really exist. What are they like, and how would they actually handle a human encounter? Astrobiologists have deduced a few answers by combining their knowledge of life on Earth with their understanding of the cosmos as a whole. Their profile of ET might not be what you expected. See article.

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