Category: Extraterrestrial Life

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Blue Dwarf Galaxy Located 30 Million Light-Years Away

  An astonishing new discovery was recently published in the Astrophysical Journal, where astronomers found a small blue galaxy located 30 million light-years away, which has the smallest fraction  of heavy elements ever seen in a galaxy. Professor John J. Salzer, of Indiana University and senior author of the paper said “Finding the  most metal-poor galaxy ever is exciting since it could help contribute to a quantitative test of  the Big Bang,” suggesting that the material hasn’t changed much since and that very little star  formation has happened. However, Salzer goes on to explain, “There are relatively few ways to...

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Frozen Planets May Get Second Chance At Life

  Astronomers now believe that currently frozen planets may become habitable once our sun dies. A team from Cornell University in New York are suggesting that as our sun swells hundreds of times in size, they could warm up frozen planets and provide suitable conditions for life. According to Lisa Kaltenegger and her team, when our Sun starts to swell up into a red giant, the ‘goldilocks’ zone of our Solar System will shift from around Earth’s orbit to include the orbits of Jupiter and Saturn instead. Team member Ramses M. Ramirez explained “When a star ages and brightens, the...

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Drake Equation Reinvented With Startling Results

  Researchers have reinvented the 1961 Drake equation and came to the mathematical likelihood that the chances of humans on Earth being the only intelligent life in the universe is ten-billion-trillion to one. Researchers Adam Frank of the University of Rochester and Woodruff Sullivan the University of  Washington both respectively found that if you change the wording of the equation to ask if wither we “have been” the only intelligent life in the universe rather than “are we” the only intelligent life you get the astronomical answer that no, we could not have been the only ones ever. As Frank...

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Astronomers Question Their Direction In The Search For Extra Terrestrial Life

  Astronomers are torn as to which direction to look in the search for signals from intelligent  beings on distant worlds, Jupiter’s fourth largest moon Europa or Saturn’s largest moon, Titan. Despite Mars being most commonly associated with the exploration of extraterrestrial life, research shows the conditions would be extremely dry away from its polar caps, with the exception of ice trapped beneath its surface. A vast ocean is thought to exist beneath the frozen surface of Europa, and researchers suggest the salty oceans could harbor enough chemical energy to give rise to lifeforms. Steve Vance from the Jet Propulsion...

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Dark Thirty Radio – May 19th, 2016

Tonight on “Dark Thirty” Radio Show   Astronomers Question Their Direction In The Search For Extra Terrestrial Life Astronomers are torn as to which direction to look in the search for signals from intelligent  beings on distant worlds, Jupiter’s fourth largest moon Europa or Saturn’s largest moon, Titan. A vast ocean is thought to exist beneath the frozen surface of Europa while Titan is covered in massive pools of hydrocarbons. Regardless, both Europa and Titan present wonderful possibilities for finding new lifeforms Source: Tech Times   Drake Equation Reinvented With Startling Results Researchers have reinvented the 1961 Drake equation and...

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Humans, Not Robots, Will Discover Life on Mars

NASA’s Chief Scientist Ellen Stofan said the only way to find evidence of life on Mars is to send real astronauts rather than robots and she aims to do just that by 2040. “We’re not looking for skeletons; we’re looking for fossil microbes if life on Mars did indeed go extinct.  And those are going to be hard to find,” she said. Being a geologist herself, Stofan points out that field geologists here on Earth can study rocks rich in fossil microbes but never see the tiny structures.  Therefore, she thinks robots won’t be able to do the job by...

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Dark Thirty Radio: May 18th, 2016

Tonight on “Dark Thirty” Radio Show “The Intelligence of SETI” Begins on Earth Scientists, astronomers, biologists and other researchers gathered Wednesday in Puerto Rico to take part in a day long workshop, called “The Intelligence of SETI: Cognition and Communication in Extraterrestrial Intelligence” to begin strategies on how best to get a message across to any form of extra terrestrial being we may encounter in the future. Source: Space.com   Proof of 3.5 Billion Year-Old Asteroid Strike Found Scientists in Australia claim to found surviving particles from an asteroid strike that hit Earth 3.5 billion years ago that were left...

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“The Intelligence of SETI” Begins on Earth

Scientists, astronomers, biologists and other researchers gathered Wednesday in Puerto Rico to take part in a day-long workshop, called “The Intelligence of SETI: Cognition and Communication in Extraterrestrial Intelligence”. The goal of the National Space Society’s International Space Development Conference is to discuss the many forms that alien intelligence could take. According to biologists Dominic Sivitilli and David Gire of the University of Washington, “If we are to send a message, we must design it in a way that it can be understood and used by the broadest range of forms that intelligent life could take”. “We can make substantial...

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“X-Files” Renewed For 11th Season, Late 2017

Executives at Fox have confirmed that they have ordered an 11th season of the sci-fi favorite, “The X-Files“, but don’t hold your breath. Show creator Chris Carter and stars Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny are all “on board to do another installment”, but due to scheduling, they don’t except the next season to air until at least the fall of 2017. Source: Outer Places

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New Theory on “Alien Megastructure”

A new theory has emerged regarding the unusual and intermittent dimming of the mysterious “Tabby” star. Astronomer Bradley Schaefer from Louisiana State University reviewed 100 years worth of archived photographic glass plates at Harvard University and found that the star had dimmed by about 16 to 20% over the last century. His findings coincide with the widely held belief among scientists that a large comet disintegrated into thousands of small comets that cross the star regularly, explaining the phenomenon. Source: Mysterious Universe

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Astrophysicist Develops Binary Code To Decipher Alien Messages

An astrophysicist at the Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research has devised a competition called the SETI Decryption Challenge to challenge participates to decipher an alien message. Pulses from yet unidentified stars beyond the solar system arrive in the form of short and long signals, received in a very narrow band in an electromagnetic frequency. The challenge has converted these pulses into binary digits and have encrypted a message. Creator of the challenge René Heller says, “If successful, you should be able to identify what kind of ‘aliens’, how long they live on average, the size of your device signal...

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What Really Happened at RAF Bentwaters in Late 1980?

A former police officer has come forward with claims that a UFO that flew over Rendlesham Forest in late December 1980 carried extraterrestrials interested in a ‘secret’ stash of nuclear weapons at the RAF Bentwaters airbase. Gary Heseltine, who worked for the British Transport Police for almost 24 years said that Colonel Charles Halt, one of the highest ranking military witnesses in the world to have talked about UFO’s confided in him that Bentwaters had more nuclear missiles in the weapons storage area than anywhere else in Europe. However, Col. Halt denied such claims, stating “I never made such a...