Category Archives: Space
The big-ass Very Large Telescope down in Chile gets a new pair of exo-goggles. Then, as part of the $100 million Breakthrough initiative searching for off-world life, it’ll zoom in on the could-be rocky-earth-like planet we think is orbiting Proxima Centauri, our nearest stellar neighbor. Will this give … Continue reading
The groggy, suspiciously attractive Passengers of this SFX extravaganza take us on a sort-of-world-ship, half-light-speed journey to a nearby star system with a habitable planet. Stasis for the travelers is the key, but things go pear-shaped when two of the ticket-holders wake up … Continue reading
Next stop: the Valles Marineris. Mind the gap.
Nearest exoplanet (possibly) ID’d. Yay! Do I pack my exo-bags pronto? Sci Am sez chill out ’cause: insufficient data; may not be life-friendly; red dwarf stars throw more hissy-fit tantrums than Donald Trump; and finally, P-b may not really like… exist.
Still, Proxima b COULD be all kinds of exciting, providing a comfy habitable-zone home for all your fave off-world evo-devo fantasies. But we won’t know for a goodly while, so no need to send off your order for celebratory Pan Galactic Gargle Blasters … Continue reading
The ESO announces today what they’ve found orbiting Proxima Centauri. A new Earth right next door? Maybe could be…
Rumors say: the new guy is rocky, in the Goldilocks zone, & a mere 39.9 trillion miles away. So, yeah, basically in our back yard. Exo-deets to come….
OK, so don’t go and open your interplanetary tow-truck service just yet. But this is still some pretty cool tech. The lab-coated humanoids at Scotland’s University of St Andrews (pretty sure Scotty’s lineage was in on this) and the Institute of Scientific … Continue reading
Some juicy numbers to start the new year with, courtesy of the Kepler planet-sniffing satellite, which is doing a great job, exceeding expectations and deserves a raise. Recent data sez Kep has found reasonable evidence for no less than 461 … Continue reading