by Bill Chappell story continues..
The SETI Institute's mothballed Allen Telescope Array which scans the universe for signs of alien life will soon be up and running again, thanks to more than $200,000 in donations that came from people including actress Jodie Foster and former astronaut Bill Anders.
The telescope array has been shut down since late April, when the SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) Institute said it could no longer afford to keep the telescopes operational.
SETI now confirms that it plans to resume operations in the middle of September. A note on the group's website, thanked donors, saying "We are absolutely thrilled that thousands of people from all over the world stepped forward to declare their support for SETI science just when help was needed the most."
The timing of the shutdown particularly frustrated researchers because just months earlier, on Feb. 1, NASA's Kepler mission announced 1,235 exoplanet candidates.
As a guest on Science Friday in April, Center for SETI Research director Jill Tarter told Ira Flatow, "These Kepler worlds are what we were planning to spend the next two years exploring. It's marvelous to finally have this incredible bounty of worlds out there planetary worlds that we actually know about.
Knowing the location of the planets and their stars, Tarter said, would take some guesswork out of the equation.
Ker Than for National Geographic News / October 15, 2009
Stevie Wonder may have been on to something when he sang about a ribbon in the sky
In a discovery that took astronomers by surprise, the first full-sky map of the solar system's edgemore than 9 billion miles (15 billion kilometers) awayhas revealed a bright "ribbon" of atoms called ENAs.
The solar system is surrounded by a protective "bubble" called the heliosphere.
by jons Tuesday 03-Feb-2009
COROT has found the smallest terrestrial planet ever detected outside the Solar System. The amazing planet is less than twice the size of Earth and orbits a Sun-like star. Its temperature is so high that it is possibly covered in lava or water vapour. ...Read More
by jons Wednesday 07-Nov-2007
PASADENA, Calif. - Astronomers have announced the discovery of a fifth planet circling 55 Cancri, a star beyond our solar system. The star now holds the record for number of confirmed extrasolar planets orbiting in a planetary system.
by jons Thursday 04-Oct-2007
Astronomers have found the most Sun-like star yet, and they say it is an ideal place to hunt for alien civilisations.
The star, called HIP 56948, lies a little more than 200 light years from Earth. Its size, mass, temperature, and chemical makeup are all so similar to the Sun's that no measurable differences could be found in high-resolution observations made by the 2.7-metre telescope at the McDonald Observatory in Texas, US.
British scientists expect that the first evidence of primitive alien life, such as microbes and vegetation, will emerge within 10 years, with more substantial finds following future space missions.
By Bruce Gain and Kristen Philipkoski
Scientists seeking habitable planets beyond Earth scored a lucky hit last week with the discovery of Gliese 581c, the first yet found with an orbit in the so-called Goldilocks zone (not too hot, not too cold).
But confirming life there, and in other yet-to-be-discovered systems, will require a new generation of space telescopes capable of picking up "signatures" such as water vapor, carbon dioxide, ozone and methane. NASA and the European Space Agency are developing planet finders that will do just that by 2020, assuming funding comes through.Story Continues
KOROLYOV, Russia (1010 WINS) -- An American billionaire who paid $25 million for a 13-day trip to outer space returned to Earth on Saturday in a space capsule that also carried a cosmonaut and a U.S. astronaut, making a soft landing on the Kazakh steppe. story continues..
David Shiga story continues..
Bullet-like clumps of gas hurtle through the Orion stellar nursery at supersonic speed in a new image from the Gemini North observatory. The unusual structures are revealed in unprecedented detail by newly commissioned laser-equipped optics.
By Seth Shostak story continues..
At what point would you abandon the search?
Thats a question I get relatively frequently from folks who think that SETI may be a quixotic quest, as futile as searching for the Seven Cities of Gold. After all, modern efforts to find signals from extraterrestrial transmitters are now in their fifth decade.
For Jill Tarter, the revelation came when she was a child walking on a Florida Keys beach with her father. "I remember just looking and thinking that up there, somewhere around one of those stars, there's another little girl walking on the beach with her dad," Tarter said.
How could there not be, when the stars in the sky are as common as the grains of sand beneath her feet?
More here »www.signonsandiego.com/news/scie···dex.html
A European spacecraft took off today to spearhead the search for another "Earth" among the stars.
The Corot space telescope blasted off aboard a Russian Soyuz rocket from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan shortly after 2.20pm.
LONDON, England (Reuters) -- An ancient astronomical calculator made at the end of the 2nd century BC was amazingly accurate and more complex than any instrument for the next 1,000 years, scientists said on Wednesday.
I found this item
in my local newspaper. I don't think you have to register to see this article, though the site might like you to.
by jons Monday 16-Oct-2006
...this is not an announcement about finding a signal from ET, the face on Mars, or anything else. It is far more mundane. Details of the announcement were released - under press embargo - to reporters last week...
By SETH BORENSTEIN AP Science Writer
WASHINGTON Oct 11, 2006 (AP) Just a little more than a year ago, the small spot on Jupiter was a pale white; now it matches the reddish hue of its bigger sibling, the Great Red Spot, and boasts 400 mph winds, according to new data from the Hubble Space Telescope.
Both spots are actually fierce storms in Jupiter's atmosphere. While the red spot at three times the size of Earth is much more noticeable, strange things are happening to the smaller spot.
by jons Tuesday 10-Oct-2006
by jons Wednesday 27-Sep-2006