There (could be) aliens on that there planet!
Well maybe, maybe not, Kepler does however sit at the right distance from it’s sun and has conditions that look favourable to complex life.
NASA have recently found this planet during it’s Kepler mission.
“The planet, Kepler 22-b, lies about 600 light years away, about two-and-a-half times the size of Earth, with a temperature of about 22 degrees Celsius, allowing liquid water to exist on the surface. Its year is about 290 days long.”
via NASA discovers Earth-like planet – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation).
When a rather large M 3.6 class flare occurred near the edge of the Sun on Feb. 24, 2011, it blew out a gorgeous, waving mass of erupting plasma that swirled and twisted for 90 minutes. NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory captured the event in extreme ultraviolet light. Because SDO images are high definition, the team was able to zoom in on the flare and still see exquisite details. And using a cadence of a frame taken every 24 seconds, the sense of motion is, by all appearances, seamless.
via NASA – Multimedia – Video Gallery.
Matthew Bailes of Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne was surveying the sky using the CSIRO Parkes radio telescope in December 2009 and found a pulsar.
Soon after he followed up with observations with the Lovell radio telescope in Chesire, UK.
This follow up observation showed periodic variations in the pulsar’s signals, indicating there may be an orbiting planet there.
“Further analysis pointed to an even more astonishing possibility – a diamond planet.”
via Astrophile: The diamond as big as a planet – space – 25 August 2011 – New Scientist.
Google has been busy planning on how to deliver internet to spacecrafts and other planets, working with NASA and planning on delivering to the ISS and other spacecraft used by other countries.
“Google realized as far back as 1998 that space-based Internet has problems that don’t face the traditional Internet design – speed-of-light communications are instant on Earth, but at interplanetary distances, that’s slow, and can cause problems. An interplantary network could help overcome these problems.”
via Google Plans to Launch Disruption-Tolerant Internet Into Space This Year.
There is a buzz around town about the possibility of alien life. NASA have made some recent announcements that have hinted at the possible existence of life beyond earth and bloggers have been going nuts with it.
“The truth, while intriguing, is less Earth-shattering. A paper in Science, discussed in a press conference today, announced the discovery of terrestrial microbes that can incorporate normally toxic arsenic into their DNA.”
via Short Sharp Science: The ET discovery that wasn’t.
Related: Arsnic based bacteria
Space debris has been thought to be a possible cause for ball lightning. Plumeting through the atomosphere at a fantasic rate and with it a large charge.
“When this “supercharged” conduit hit the soil, it formed a plasma ballMovie Camera, he argues. He says impacting space junk might also produce the effect.”
via Space debris may cause mysterious ball lightning – space – 01 December 2010 – New Scientist.
NASA crash landed a rocket on the moon last october, it landed near the south pole and threw up a cloud of debris including water.
The newly published study has revealed that up to 5.6% of that meterial was water and it included a bunch of other compounds including silver!
Anthony Colaprete of NASA’s Ames Research Center, explains that there could be a billion gallons of water within 10 km’s of the probe’s impact site.
NASA’s Chief lunar scientist has said “We’re seeing a kitchen sink of other stuff that may be useful for human exploration”.
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LCROSS mission may have struck silver on the moon – space – 21 October 2010 – New Scientist.