Saturday, December 29, 2012

Out of This World, Finding Life On Other Planets

Maybe it's all the mass shootings that have been taking place recently. Or maybe it's listening to all the theremin music over the past couple of days. But I've finding myself thinking about life on other planets and hoping that somewhere in the universe evolution has produced a more advanced society than this one. As it turns out the hunt for earth like planets is a hot one that is close to bearing fruit. In fact according to a item in Huffington Post a number of researchers in the field think that 2013 might be the year.

First 'Alien Earth' Exoplanet Could Be Discovered In 2013 By Kepler Telescope, Astronomer Predicts

By: Mike Wall Published: 12/27/2012 12:08 PM EST on

"The first truly Earth-like alien planet is likely to be spotted next year, an epic discovery that would cause humanity to reassess its place in the universe.

While astronomers have found a number of exoplanets over the last few years that share one or two key traits with our own world — such as size or inferred surface temperature — they have yet to bag a bona fide "alien Earth." But that should change in 2013, scientists say.

"I'm very positive that the first Earth twin will be discovered next year," said Abel Mendez, who runs the Planetary Habitability Laboratory at the University of Puerto Rico at Arecibo."

To read the entire post click here.

And once we discover a planet that has the same conditions as earth how will we know that there is advanced life there? The answer may be in part by looking for hairspray (?). This video from the Blue Marble Space Institute of Science explains the thinking.

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