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New Search for Alien Life on 86 Planets Starts

A massive search for alien life on 86 exoplanets has just started. The search will use a large radio telescope in West Virginia to listen for signs of life. These 86 planets have been picked from a list of 1235 planets which have been identified by NASA’s Kepler space telescope. 24 hours of data will [...]

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Why the Discovery of Aliens Will Not Be Covered up by a Government

The government (of any country) will not cover up the discovery of aliens by SETI. Jill Tarter and Seth Shostak are absolutely certain of this. This is mainly because 13 years ago a signal was received which we now know was a false alarm but showed that the procedure on receiving an alien signal would not [...]

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Carnival of Space 181

Lots of links from astronomy and space blogs including a little science.

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Cassini May Have Spotted an Ice Volcano on Titan

Cassini may have spotted a cryovolcano on Titan. it has been found in a region called the Sotra Facula. The craters, peaks and fingerlike flows are very good indicators that this is a cryovolcanism. The picture has been exaggerated and filled in with false colours for clarity.this is good news for the search for life [...]

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An Earthlike Planet Is Coming Soon …

One day in the future perhaps not 10 years from now we will be able to look up into the night sky at particular stars and know that they have Earth like planets orbiting them. SETI is going to scan the stars with exoplanets for intelligent life in 2011 and you never know do you? [...]

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Supernova Explosions Aren’t Quite What We Thought

Supernovas are exploding stars which, depending on their type explode in different ways and for different reasons. Unfortunately or fortunately depending on the way you look at it new evidence has been found that these theories aren’t quite right. An instrument called the solar mass ejector imager has given extra information. Data from the imager, [...]

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Arsenic Life Found.

There were some wild speculations a week ago when NASA implied that they may have found some form of life. Everyone thought that this was finally it, alien life had been found. It was, unfortunately, one jump too far but the news of the discovery of an arsenic microbe is still good news. It has [...]

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Identifying Exoplanets by Their Dust Tails

Are we losing the Sahara to space? No, is the simple answer to that. The Earth has a trail of dust behind it but the dust is interstellar dust which is already present in the solar system. This interplanetary dust comes from the fragments of comets and asteroids that have collided. As the Earth travels [...]

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Would Finding an Alien Civilisation Prove or Deny the Existence of God?

Does God exist? That is a question that has been pondered over for 1000s of years since humanity could first think about his existence. Religions claim to know the answer and scientists take an objective view that is always changing as evidence appears. Most religions have to look at their beliefs differently or disregard science [...]

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How Did the Earth Get It’s Water?

How did the Earth come to possess water? Did some alien ship have too much and dump it or is there some simpler explanation? Through a process that lasted millions of years the Earth was made from a cloud of dust and gas. At the later stages of formation the Earth was an extremely hot [...]

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Latest Update on Exoplanets Lecture (July 2010)

The latest on the search for planets in other planetary systems. .

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A Good Chance of Life on Mars

This is a good lecture on why there’s a 1 in 4 chance of life (in Penelope’ Bostons opinion anyway) under the surface on Mars.

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How to Talk to Aliens

Lots of signals have gone into space such as TV, radar and radio. The signals have been betraying our presence for 60 years and have passed over about 6000 star systems and are reaching new systems every day. This would seem to be enough, even though we haven’t received anything back yet, but what if [...]

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Preventing Contamination from Reaching Planetary Bodies and from Contaminating the Earth

We have been looking for alien life elsewhere in the universe for quite awhile now. Mars has been the main focus of attention and it looks like in the future Europa and Titan will also attract a lot of attention. But how do we know that what we have found is alien life and that [...]

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Kepler Mission Releases New Planets the Size of Earth and Above

Kepler is a mission to study 156,000 stars using the Kepler telescope up there in space. 706 target data has been released in a report but 400 have not. The exoplanets found have sizes from as small as Earth to as large as Jupiter. They have also found five multi planet systems which sound quite [...]

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Jupiter Has Another Impact

Just the other month Jupiter was hit by something, possibly an asteroid, and this month seems to be just the same. An amateur astronomer yesterday noticed a large flash when looking at Jupiter which lasted about two seconds. We are quite lucky to have Jupiter in the solar system, not just for looking at, but [...]

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A Debate on the Existence of Intelligent Life

The great debate is held at Berkley university and this one is on SETI, it’s worth a listen. SETI debate

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Best Of The Week Podcast- SETI and the Universe

Fifty years ago, a young astronomer named Frank Drake pointed a radio telescope at nearby stars in the hope of picking up a signal from an alien civilization. Thus began one of the boldest scientific projects in history: the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI). A great lecture with slides from the Royal Society. Join the [...]

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Best Of The Week Podcast- The History Of The Search For Extraterrestrial Life (SETI)

The story and history of SETI the search for extraterrestrial intelligence. The ups and downs of the alien search with Frank Drake and a few critics. [podcast]http://www.weirdwarp.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/11/history seti.mp3[/podcast]

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Kepler, Finding New Planets & Adopting A Star.

On my voyage across the Internet I bumped into something that I had been thinking about for a long time. Name a star was high up on my list of things that I must do but never got round to because I just really didn’t want to get conned. Well, I took the leap and [...]

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