Two days ago I blogged about the exciting discovery of a planet orbiting Proxima Centauri. One point that I had intended to make but forgot to mention was what impact it may have on the Drake equation. The Drake equation is a thought experiment created by Frank Drake, an astronomer from the US. He has… Read More The Drake Equation
For the first time ever we have discovered clouds of water around an astronomical body outside of our solar system. WISE 0855 is a brown dwarf about 7 light years from earth, so extremely close in cosmic terms, and was first discovered in 2014. Since then astronomers at UCSC have been trying to get a… Read More Brown Dwarf Found to Have Water in Atmosphere and Earth-like Temperature
The search for extra terrestrial life (SETI) is not solely the preserve of crackpots who watched a few too many episodes of the X-Files, it has been a legitimate area of research by proper scientists for some decades now. Although it may seem like the odds of success are immeasurably short people still do it… Read More Have We Been Looking In The Wrong Place For Extra-Terrestrial Life?