Monday, November 05, 2012

Nearby star Fomalhaut hosts massive exoplanet

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 - A second look at data from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope is reanimating the claim that the nearby star Fomalhaut hosts a massive exoplanet. The study suggests that the planet, named Fomalhaut b, is a rare and possibly unique object that is completely shrouded by dust. See article.
g Life - Scientists are challenging the idea that the oxygenation of the oceans and atmosphere of Earth occurred only in a positive direction starting 2.4 billion years ago. Their study shows evidence of a drop in oxygen after it first began to rise. See article.
g Cosmicus - Don Pettit, member of the Expedition 31 crew, continues to document the growth of plants in microgravity conditions onboard the International Space Station. These studies provide insight into how Earth life adapts to the space environment. See article.

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