Posts Tagged ‘Space’

NACA press event

Reportedly NASA have to say something important and host special conference on discovery beyond our solar system.

“NASA will hold a news conference at 1 p.m. EST Wednesday, Feb. 22, to present new findings on planets that orbit stars other than our sun, known as exoplanets. The event will air live on NASA Television and the agency’s website.” – NASA.

What we would expect? I guess a small movement on the way of space studying but not something about aliens as may be you thought. However we remember Canada’s former minister of defence Paul Hellyer who started to talk out about that. He said:

” In one of the cases during the cold war, 1961, there were about 50 UFOs in formation flying South from Russia across Europe. The supreme allied commander was very concerned and was about ready to press the panic button when they turned around and went back over the North Pole. They decided to do an investigation and they investigated for three years and they decided that with absolute certainty that four different species, at least, have been visiting this planet for thousands of years. There’s been a lot more activity in the past two decades, especially since we invented the atomic bomb. They are very concerned about that and if we will use it again, because the whole cosmos is a unity and it affects not just us but other people in the cosmos. They’re very much afraid that we might start using atomic weapons again and this would be very bad for us, and them also.” – Paul Hellyer

“Many are benign and benevolent, and a few are not. They come from various places, for a long while I only knew about ones that came from different star systems, the Pleadies. There are extraterrestrials that come from Andromeda, and ones that live on one of Saturn’s moon’s. There is a federation of these people, and they have rules, one of them is that they don’t interfere with our affairs unless they are invited. They have accepted the fact that this is our planet, and we have the right to run it but they are very concerned, they don’t think that we are good stewards of our planet. We are ruining our planet, we’re doing all sorts of things that we shouldn’t be doing, and they don’t like that. They’ve made it clear, and they have given us a warning.” – Paul Hellyer

“Decades ago, visitors from other planets warned us about the direction we were heading and offered to help. Instead, some of us interpreted their visits as a threat, and decided to shoot first and ask questions after. It is ironic that the US should be fighting monstrously expensive wars, allegedly to bring democracy to those countries, when it itself can no longer claim to be called a democracy when trillions, and I mean thousands of billions of dollars have been spent on black projects which both congress and the commander in chief have been kept deliberately in the dark.”

What to do if we find alien life

“Some have argued that it’s only a matter of time till we find alien life – so we should get planning” writes Duncan Forgan in his article titled “What to do you if you discover an alien civilization” published in The Independent.

Indeed, what should we do?

In 1989, a committee of SETI scientists even drew up a set of post-detection protocols to guide scientists through the steps after discovery. These steps include getting your colleagues to verify the discovery, and notifying “relevant national authorities” (precisely who this means is unclear to me), followed by the scientific community and then the public via a press release.

However all these rules were formulated before the era of total internet communications. That is why Duncan Forgan and his colleague Alexander Scholz decided to take another look at the issue, asking how the SETI post-detection protocols should change to reflect our super-connected world.

Duncan Forgan’s postdoctoral position at the University of St Andrews is funded by the European Research Council. He is a member of the Royal Society of Edinburgh’s Young Academy of Scotland, and a founding member of the UK SETI Research Network.

Get Mars in 3 days

NASA researchers are working on a laser propulsion system that could get to Mars in 3 days Sciencealert reports. NASA scientist Philip Lubin is working on a system allowing to get the Red Planet in as little as three days. “There are recent advances that take this from science fiction to science reality,” Lubin explains. “There is no known reason why we can not do this.”

“Electromagnetic acceleration is only limited by the speed of light while chemical systems are limited to the energy of chemical processes,” writes Lubin in a paper on the technology.

Space junk is on a collision course with Earth

A mysterious object named by scientists as WT1190F is expected to hit Earth on Friday the 13th. But researchers don’t currently have any idea what it is. Reportedly WT1190F will plunge to Earth from above the Indian Ocean about 65km off the southern tip of Sri Lanka. Scientists say its impact is accurately predicted. More unusual still, WT1190F was a ‘lost’ piece of space debris orbiting far beyond the Moon, ignored and unidentified, before being glimpsed by a telescope in early October. The object is only 1 to 2 meters in size, and its trajectory shows that it has a low density, and is perhaps hollow.

“Blackout Warning”

In case if you haven’t heard yet “the world will be plunged into darkness for 15 days in November, all thanks to rare phenomenon caused by the movement of Venus and Jupiter”, world’s press agencies reported.

But don’t worry, just know this: it’s not true. “No, the universe is not about to realign in June 2015, nor will there be a multi-day blackout at that time during which the Earth will shift into a new dimension. Neither NASA nor any other credible scientific entity has made such a pronouncement.”

detailed story read here

Is the sun going dark?

67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko strange comet

The spacecraft Philae which land on the comet have picked up strange clusters of organic material that resemble viral particles. Astronomers say features of comet look like black crust and icy lakes. Could comet be a home to alien life? Scientists say: “Yes”. They say that it is more hospitable for life than polar regions of Earth.

This comet is also known as singing one. Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko is singing into space. Rosetta’s Plasma Consortium (RPC) has uncovered a mysterious ‘song’ that Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko sings.

The comet seems to be emitting a ‘song’ in the form of oscillations in the magnetic field in the comet’s environment. It is being sung at 40-50 millihertz, far below human hearing, which typically picks up sound between 20 Hz and 20 kHz. To make the music audible to the human ear, the frequencies have been increased in this recording.

Sun-like star discovered

Astronomers at the Leiden Observatory, The Netherlands, and the University of Rochester, USA, have discovered that the ring system that they see eclipse the very young Sun-like star J1407 is of enormous proportions, much larger and heavier than the ring system of Saturn, Astronomy.com reports. The ring system — the first of its kind to be found outside our Solar System — was discovered in 2012 by a team led by Rochester’s Eric Mamajek.

“The details that we see in the light curve are incredible. The eclipse lasted for several weeks, but you see rapid changes on time scales of tens of minutes as a result of fine structures in the rings,” says Kenworthy. “The star is much too far away to observe the rings directly, but we could make a detailed model based on the rapid brightness variations in the starlight passing through the ring system. If we could replace Saturn’s rings with the rings around J1407b, they would be easily visible at night and be many times larger than the full Moon.”

“This planet is much larger than Jupiter or Saturn, and its ring system is roughly 200 times larger than Saturn’s rings are today,” said co-author Mamajek, professor of physics and astronomy at the University of Rochester. “You could think of it as kind of a super Saturn.”

The researchers encourage amateur astronomers to help monitor J1407, which would help detect the next eclipse of the rings, and constrain the period and mass of the ringed companion. Observations of J1407 can be reported to the American Association of Variable Star Observers (AAVSO). In the meantime the astronomers are searching other photometric surveys looking for eclipses by yet undiscovered ring systems.

Astronomers identify signature of Earth-eating stars

Students of Vanderbilt University are developing a model to find stars that swallow planets explained how planets are formed and help find other Earth-like planets outside of our solar system.

“Trey has shown that we can actually model the chemical signature of a star in detail, element by element, and determine how that signature is changed by the ingestion of Earth-like planets,” said Vanderbilt Professor of Astronomy Keivan Stassun, who supervised the study. “After obtaining a high-resolution spectrum for a given star, we can actually detect that signature in detail, element by element.”

Student of Astronomy, Trey Mack, developed the model that shows what happens to a star when it swallows Earth-like planets during its development. Mack then applied this model to two twin stars to find out if they are so-called “Earth-eaters”.

Yuri Gagarin – First Man in Space is Russian

April 12 was already a huge day in space history twenty years before the launch of the first shuttle mission. On that day in 1961, Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin (left, on the way to the launch pad) became the first human in space, making a 108-minute orbital flight in his Vostok 1 spacecraft. Newspapers like The Huntsville Times (right) trumpeted Gagarin’s accomplishment.

Yuri Alekseyevich Gagarin was a Soviet pilot and cosmonaut. He was the first human to journey into outer space, when his Vostok spacecraft completed an orbit of the Earth on 12 April 1961.

Gagarin became an international celebrity, and was awarded many medals and titles, including Hero of the Soviet Union, the nation’s highest honour. Vostok 1 marked his only spaceflight, but he served as backup crew to the Soyuz 1 mission (which ended in a fatal crash). Gagarin later became deputy training director of the Cosmonaut Training Centre outside Moscow, which was later named after him. Gagarin died in 1968 when the MiG-15 training jet he was piloting crashed.