Thursday, December 06, 2012

SETI needs help searching discovered exoplanets

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 group of astronomers led by Remco van den Bosch from the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy have discovered a black hole that could shake the foundations of current models of galaxy evolution. At 17 billion times the mass of the Sun, its mass is much greater than current models predict - in particular since the surrounding galaxy is comparatively small. This could be the most massive black hole found to date. See article.
g Abodes - A detailed study of a protoplanetary disk shows that dust grains colliding with and adhere to each other. The process it what will eventually lead to the formation of planets. See article.
g Message - Scientists at the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence are pointing their instruments toward the litany of exoplanets discovered by the NASA's Kepler telescope. And they need your help. See article.

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