Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Finding exoplanets using dark holes and nova visible in your backyard

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 - Japanese observers have spotted a nova, the fourth seen in Sagittarius so far this year. This one is relatively bright and easy to spot from your backyard. See article.
g Abodes - An advanced telescope imaging system has begun taking data, and is the first of its kind capable of spotting planets orbiting suns outside our solar system. Project 1640 creates “dark holes” around stars of interest, ultimately allowing direct imaging of planets that orbit them. See article.
g Cosmicus - On May 29, a bus-sized asteroid sped past the Earth in the sixth-closest approach on record. Dubbed 2012 KT42, the asteroid crossed the orbits of weather and television satellites only 22,000 miles above our planet's surface. See article.

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