Category: Space

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VIDEO: New ‘Star Trek’ TV Series Trailer

CBS has revealed the trailer for their new “Star Trek” series premiering next January. New characters will be introduced “seeking imaginative new worlds and new civilizations, while exploring the dramatic contemporary themes that have been a signature of the franchise since its inception in 1966,” CBS said in a statement. “Star Trek” celebrates its 50th anniversary this year and is one of the most successful entertainment franchises of all time.  It was the brain child of Gene Roddenberry and debuted on September 8th, 1966. “Everyone here has great respect for this storied franchise, and we’re excited to launch its next...

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Material From A Four Million Year Old Asteroid Found

  Scientists at  Australian National University’s Planetary Institute have uncovered evidence of  a gigantic asteroid that crashed into Earth billions of years ago. Earth and paleoclimate scientist Andrew Glikson said “The impact would have triggered earthquakes orders of magnitude greater than terrestrial earthquakes and it would have caused huge tsunamis and would have made cliffs crumble.” Scientists conclude that the impact could have been even more devastating than the collision that’s thought to have contributed to the decline of the dinosaurs some 66 million years ago. The researchers think that this asteroid would have measured between 20 to 30 kilometres...

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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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The Birthmark Of Earth Has Been Found In Canada

  Geologists believe they have found the original “birthmark” of Earth…and it’s in Canada. University of Maryland Professor of Geology Richard Walker and his team have discovered a original material from the birth of Earth that was produced 50 million years ago and then never again. Researchers theorize that the mantle under Baffin Island off the coast of northern Canada did not experience the same tungsten-removing iron separation that the rest of the mantle experienced during the collisions that destroyed or homogenized the rest of early Earth. The previous belief was that any material from the planet’s original mantle was...

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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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The Europlanet 2020 Research Infrastructure Calls For Jupiter Watchers

  A researcher with the French Astronomical Society has organized a group of amateur astronomers from all over the world, to watch for and report fireballs caused by meteors crashing into Jupiter. Sky-gazers from Australia, Europe, Japan, the United States and elsewhere have identified four  Jupiter fireball impacts since June 2010 so Marc Delcroix created the Europlanet 2020 Research Infrastructure, a collaborative research program sponsored by the European Union. His goal is to integrate and support planetary science activities throughout Europe. “Dramatic impacts with Jupiter can be captured with standard amateur equipment and analyzed with easy-to-use software,” Delcroix explained. “But...

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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...