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An ancient super-Earth offers an unexpected clue that life in our galaxy could be older than scientists thought

Artist's rendition of the hot, rocky planet in TOI-561 - one of the oldest, most metal-poor planetary systems discovered yet in the Milky Way. W. M. Keck Observatory/Adam Makarenko A super-Earth planet 280 light-years away seems to be about 10 billion years old, adding to growing evidence that rocky planets have existed almost as long as our galaxy. Ancient rocky planets offer further evidence that extraterrestrial life may have existed long before humans. Scientists may have better su...
Tags: Space, Science, News, Trends, Nasa, Earth, Harvard, Hawaii, Aliens, Mars, James Webb Space Telescope, Hubble Space Telescope, Exoplanet, Milky Way Galaxy, Extraterrestrial Life, Telescopes

Finding aliens: Is there a ‘theory of everything’ for life?

What, should it exist, is the universal law that connects all living things? To even dream of answering that question, and to one day find alien life elsewhere in the cosmos, humans must first reconcile the fact that our definition of life is inadequate.For astrobiologist Sara Walker, understanding the universe, its origin, and our place in it starts with a deep investigation into the chemistry of life. She argues that it is time to change our chemical perspective—detecting oxygen in an exoplane...
Tags: Space, Science, Biology, Life, Earth, Chemistry, Microbiology, Innovation, Universe, Planets, Humanity, Extraterrestrial Life, Astrobiology, Walker, Sara Walker

Top 5 theories on the enigmatic monolith found in Utah desert

A monolithic object found in a remote part of Utah caused worldwide speculation about its origins.The object is very similar to the famous monolith from Stanley Kubrick's "2001: Space Odyssey".The object could be work of an artist or even have extraterrestrial origins. An enigmatic "monolith" found in a Utah desert on November 18th has become the source of worldwide attention and speculation, with Internet denizens looking for something more light-hearted to talk about as the tumultuous 2020 dr...
Tags: Art, Utah, Space, Movies, Innovation, Evolution, Arthur C Clarke, Stanley Kubrick, New Mexico, Mars, Kubrick, Alien, Extraterrestrial Life, Art History, Utah Department of Public Safety, DPS

Zircon in a meteorite opens the door on Mars’ past

A meteorite from Mars unexpectedly contains zircons that reveal the planets history. The rock likely comes from one of the solar system's tallest volcanoes. Analyzing the zirconium required smashing some very expensive rock. Just last week, we wrote about one lab's conclusion that water may be a common byproduct in the formation of rocky planets. This week, the same lab has announced that the very same Martian meteorite that led to that earlier finding has yet another secret to reveal: It co...
Tags: Space, Earth, Discovery, Geology, Innovation, Planets, Mars, Extraterrestrial Life, University of Copenhagen, northwest Africa, Tharsis, Cosmos, Zircon, Bizzarro, Globe Institute, Martin Bizzarro

Water may naturally occur as rocky planets form, new study suggests

The meteorite behind the new research, Black Beauty, is 4.45 billion years old. This means it is from right around the time when Mars formed.It contained intact, ancient water-bearing minerals.The research indicates later asteroid-impact effects that could only have occurred if water was already present. Almost exactly two years ago, we wrote about a theory that about 1 in 100 of our water molecules came not from asteroids — as is widely believed — but from hydrogen in Earth's core, a remnant o...
Tags: Space, Water, Earth, Discovery, Innovation, Universe, Mars, Extraterrestrial Life, Deng, Cosmos, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, Black Beauty, Bizzarro, Rocky planets, Martin Bizzarro, Zhengbin Deng

Jupiter’s intense radiation makes its moon Europa glow

Europa is continually bombarded by radiation from Jupiter.According to new research, that radiation may make the moon glow.The colors of the glow may help scientist identify Europa's compounds. The Earth has a magnetosphere. So does Jupiter. But Jupiter's has a million times the volume of ours. As a result, Jupiter slams its moon, Europa, with a steady blast of high-energy radiation. This can't help but have an effect on the satellite, and new research from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory has ...
Tags: Space, Nasa, Chemistry, Innovation, Universe, Planets, Jupiter, Europa, Extraterrestrial Life, Henderson, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Epsom, National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg Maryland, Europa Clipper, Gudipati

Jupiter's oceanic moon Europa — a prime candidate for alien life — might glow in the dark, a NASA scientist discovered

A view of Jupiter's moon Europa, created from images taken by NASA's Galileo spacecraft in the 1990s. Reuters Jupiter's oceanic moon, Europa, might glow white, blue, and green in the dark, a NASA scientist discovered. Jupiter bombards Europa's icy surface with high-energy electrons that makes some types of ice glow. Mapping Europa's "mosaic" of nighttime glow could narrow down the chemical ingredients of the ice. NASA plans to send a spacecraft to Europa, where it could scan for th...
Tags: Science, News, Trends, Nasa, Aliens, Jupiter, Europa, Radiation, Extraterrestrial Life, NASA JPL Caltech, Jovian, Ocean Worlds, Nature Astronomy, Business Insider An, Morgan McFall Johnsen, NASA JPL Caltech NASA

There may be 300 million habitable planets in our galaxy

A study analyzes data from the Kepler Space Telescope and the European Space Agency's GAIA survey to estimate the number of habitable planets.There may be 30 such planets in our own galactic neighborhood.The new estimate may help inform future research and missions. Throughout its nine-year tour of duty that concluded in 2018, NASA's Kepler Space Telescope produced a massive amount of observational data. Scientists are still going through it all. Among its revelations were now-confirmed 2,800 e...
Tags: Space, California, Water, Nasa, Earth, Mit, Innovation, Sun, European Space Agency, Planets, Exoplanets, Kepler, Telescope, Ames Research Center, Extraterrestrial Life, Gaïa

NASA scientists discovered a 'very weird' molecule in the atmosphere of Saturn's moon Titan. It could point to alien life.

This near-infrared, color mosaic from NASA's Cassini spacecraft shows the sun glinting off of Titan's north polar seas. NASA/JPL-Caltech/Univ. Arizona/Univ. Idaho NASA astronomers discovered a "very weird little molecule" called cyclopropenylidene in the atmosphere of Saturn's moon Titan. Scientists think alien life could survive in Titan's underground salty ocean. This molecule could serve as a stepping stone to more complex molecules that play important roles in sustaining life. ...
Tags: Space, Science, News, Trends, Nasa, Earth, Chile, Aliens, Saturn, Titan, Extraterrestrial Life, Cassini, Nixon, Michelle Starr, Alma, Goddard Space Flight Center

Any aliens living around 1,004 nearby stars should be able to see the signs of life on Earth, a study says

An artist's impression shows exoplanet K2-18b, its host star, and an accompanying planet in the system. K2-18b is a super-Earth that hosts both water and temperatures that could support life. ESA/Hubble, M. Kornmesser Astronomers have identified 1,004 sun-like stars that could have Earth-like planets in their orbits. Any intelligent aliens on those exoplanets would be able to detect the signs of life on Earth. The researchers say these stars could be prime targets in the search for ali...
Tags: Science, News, Trends, Nasa, Earth, Stars, Pepper, Aliens, Exoplanets, Extraterrestrial Life, Tess, Lehigh University, Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, Joshua Pepper, Lisa Kaltenegger, Solar Dynamics Observatory NASA

Scientists discover 24 planets potentially better suited for life than Earth

The odds are that if Earth had the right conditions for the development of life, other places probably do, too.Scientists have identified two dozen planets that match some items on the list of desirable traits.All of these planets are too far away to reach with current tech, but may be valuable research targets. It's called the "overview effect." You know, the renewed appreciation and protectiveness that astronauts orbiting the globe come to feel looking down on our precious Earth. The sense of...
Tags: Space, Germany, Nasa, Earth, Innovation, Sun, Universe, European Space Agency, Planets, Chemical, James Webb Space Telescope, Extraterrestrial Life, Astrobiology, Villanova University, Berlin Germany, Plato

Scientists identify 24 planets potentially better suited for life than Earth

The odds are that if Earth had the right conditions for the development of life, other places probably do, too.Scientists have identified two dozen planets that match some items on the list of desirable traits.All of these planets are too far away to reach with current tech, but may be valuable research targets. It's called the "overview effect." You know, the renewed appreciation and protectiveness that astronauts orbiting the globe come to feel looking down on our precious Earth. The sense of...
Tags: Space, Germany, Nasa, Earth, Innovation, Sun, Universe, European Space Agency, Planets, Chemical, James Webb Space Telescope, Extraterrestrial Life, Astrobiology, Villanova University, Berlin Germany, Plato

Now That Venus Is a Candidate for Alien Life, What's Next?

Our minds were blown yesterday as a team of researchers reported on the discovery of phosphine in the atmosphere of Venus—a potential sign of life. The discovery will undoubtedly renew scientific interest in our closest planetary neighbor. Here’s what should happen next, and how scientists could confirm—or deny—the…Read more...
Tags: Science, Nasa, Space Exploration, Aliens, Venus, Extraterrestrial Life, Astrobiology, Planetary Science, Microbes, Life On Other Planets, Microorganisms, Alien Microbes

Venus' clouds may harbor 'aerial' aliens, MIT scientists say

A team of researchers has detected significant amounts of phosphine within the cloud deck of Venus.Computer simulations suggest that the amount of phosphine in the Venusian atmosphere couldn't have been produced by known inorganic processes.The findings aren't conclusive evidence of alien life, but they do suggest Venus shouldn't be overlooked in the search for alien life. The skies of Venus may contain signatures of alien life, according to scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technolo...
Tags: Space, Nasa, Earth, Mit, Innovation, Mars, Europa, Venus, Extraterrestrial Life, Astrobiology, Massachusetts Institute Of Technology, Nature Astronomy, Clara Sousa Silva, Venus Computer, Sousa Silva, Pioneer Venus

NASA scientists propose sending a submarine to explore Titan's seas

A team of scientists have been developing a proposal that would send a semi-autonomous submarine to explore the seas of Titan, Saturn's largest moon.Titan is the only body in our solar system that has large bodies of liquid on its surface.It's also a top candidate in the search for alien life. What lies in the alien seas of Titan, Saturn's largest moon?To find out, a team of researchers has spent years developing a plan that would send a submarine to explore the moon's extremely inhospitable la...
Tags: Space, Nasa, Earth, Moon, Innovation, Saturn, Titan, Extraterrestrial Life, Astrobiology, Kraken Mare, Glenn Research Center, Jim Bridenstine, Oleson, Innovative Advanced Concepts NIAC, Steven Oleson, Oelson

Mars colony: Humanity's greatest quest

We are closer than ever to actually putting human beings on Mars, but exactly how close is very much still up for debate. Getting there is one thing, and we eventually may not have a choice, but there are a number of problems that need to be solved before our species can call the Red Planet home.In this video, former NASA astronaut Leland Melvin, educator Bill Nye, science journalist Stephen Petranek, astronomer Michelle Thaller, and theoretical physicist Michio Kaku consider mankind's fascinati...
Tags: Space, Elon Musk, Science, Learning, Adventure, Dna, Cancer, Future, Nasa, Innovation, Universe, Planets, Exploration, Mars, Humanity, Bill Nye

Talking to Aliens Is Their Religion

Among the Aetherius Society’s key beliefs: selflessness and extraterrestrial life.
Tags: News, Extraterrestrial Life, Religion and Belief, Space and Astronomy, Documentary Films and Programs, Unidentified Flying Objects (UFO, Aetherius Society

Gods From Space

The Aetherius Society believes in selflessness and extraterrestrial life.
Tags: News, Extraterrestrial Life, Religion and Belief, Space and Astronomy, Unidentified Flying Objects (UFO, Aetherius Society

Coming of Age on Mars

In a new book, planetary scientist Sarah Stewart Johnson recalls how the Red Planet drew her to become a scientist.
Tags: News, Earth, Microbiology, Geology, Planets, Mars, Johnson, Science and Technology, Solar System, Extraterrestrial Life, Deserts, Books and Literature, Sarah Stewart, Space and Astronomy, Mars (Planet, Curiosity (Mars Rover

3 Great Mysteries About Life on Mars

How habitable was early Mars? Why did it become less hospitable? And could there be life there now?
Tags: News, Research, Water, Microbiology, Mars, Methane, Extraterrestrial Life, Space and Astronomy, Mars (Planet

The biology of aliens: How much do we know?

Ask someone what they think aliens look like and you'll probably get a description heavily informed by films and pop culture. The existence of life beyond our planet has yet to be confirmed, but there are clues as to the biology of extraterrestrials in science."Don't give them claws," says biologist E.O. Wilson. "Claws are for carnivores and you've got to be an omnivore to be an E.T. There just isn't enough energy available in the next trophic level down to maintain big populations and stable po...
Tags: Science Fiction, Space, Hollywood, Science, Biology, Innovation, Aliens, Evolution, Extraterrestrial Life, Wilson, Astrobiology, Don, Michio Kaku Bill Nye, Jonathan B Losos

Summer Solstice 2020 and the Search for Life in the Galaxy

As you mark the longest day of the year, consider the debate among astronomers over whether Earth’s tilt toward the sun helps make life on our world and others possible.
Tags: News, Earth, Moon, Sun, Planets, Extraterrestrial Life, Space and Astronomy, Stars and Galaxies, Mars (Planet, Seasons and Months, Summer (Season, Uranus (Planet

Experts predict there are 36 contactable alien civilizations. Seriously.

Taking into account what we do know, and mixing in some assumptions about life here, a team of scientists make a prediction.Even if aliens are relatively close by, they and we'd have to be around for over 6,000 years just to chat.Our current tech will likely not allow us to communicate with anyone/thing. "The Ultimate Answer to Life, The Universe and Everything is...42!" — supercomputer Deep Thought in Douglas Adams' Hitchiker's Guide to the GalaxyThus began a grand experiment involving humans ...
Tags: Astronomy, Space, Innovation, Universe, Nottingham, Planets, University of Bristol, Drake, University of Cambridge, Extraterrestrial Life, University College London, Adams, Andrew Coates, University of Nottingham, Mullard Space Science Laboratory, Cosmos

Going Viral, or Not, in the Milky Way

Is the pandemic a rehearsal for our own cosmic mortality?
Tags: News, Physics, Italy, Moon, Planets, Solar System, Extraterrestrial Life, Robin, Martin, Hanson, Rees, Colonization, Space and Astronomy, Mars (Planet, 2001: A Space Odyssey (Movie, Your-feed-science

3 mind-blowing space facts with Neil deGrasse Tyson

Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson joins us to talk about one of our favorite subjects: space. In the three-chaptered video, Tyson speaks about the search for alien life inside and outside of the Goldilocks Zone, why the term "dark matter" should really be called "dark gravity," and how the rotation of the Earth may have been the deciding factor in a football game.These fascinating space facts, as well as others shared in Tyson's books, make it easier for everyone to grasp complex ideas that are...
Tags: Astronomy, Space, Science, Sports, Nasa, Earth, Physics, Oceans, Innovation, Sun, Universe, Gravity, Neil Degrasse Tyson, Planets, Dark Matter, Extraterrestrial Life

Astronomer calculates the odds of intelligent alien life emerging

A Columbia University astronomer calculates the odds of extraterrestrial life emerging.The probability comes out in favor of aliens existing.The search for life in space should be encouraged, concludes the scientist. The sheer amount of space boggles the mind and makes one wonder where are all the aliens? Surely, we aren't the only ones who made it out onto a cosmic rock alive. Of course, there might be numerous reasons we have not encountered aliens yet, from having poor technology to the alie...
Tags: Astronomy, Space, Nasa, Earth, Physics, Innovation, Universe, Columbia University, Alien, Extraterrestrial Life, PNAS, Cosmos, David Kipping, Kipping, Columbia University s Department of Astronomy

Study: Life might survive, and thrive, in a hydrogen world

As new and more powerful telescopes blink on in the next few years, astronomers will be able to aim the megascopes at nearby exoplanets, peering into their atmospheres to decipher their composition and to seek signs of extraterrestrial life. But imagine if, in our search, we did encounter alien organisms but failed to recognize them as actual life.That's a prospect that astronomers like Sara Seager hope to avoid. Seager, the Class of 1941 Professor of Planetary Science, Physics, and Aeronautics ...
Tags: Space, Nasa, Earth, Mit, Chemistry, Everest, Innovation, Planets, James Webb Space Telescope, Astrology, Extraterrestrial Life, Astrobiology, Amar, Escherichia, Sara Seager, Templeton Foundation