Sunday, October 14, 2012

Origin of the Solar System

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 - A dying star is refusing to go quietly into the night, as seen in a combined infrared and ultraviolet view from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope and the Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX), which NASA has lent to the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena. In death, the star's dusty outer layers are unraveling into space, glowing from the intense ultraviolet radiation being pumped out by the hot stellar core. See article.
g Abodes - Tiny pieces of rock captured from the astroid Itokawa by the Japanese mission Hayabusa are now being analyzed. It is the first time asteroid samples have been returned to Earth, and they could help astrobiologists understand the origin of the Solar System. See article.
g Life - A new dinosaur the size of a house cat and described as a cross between "a bird, a vampire and a porcupine" has been identified in a piece of rock from South Africa. See article.

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