Search For Life

Wild, History-Making Comet Landing By Philae Probe Recreated in Video
Philae Lander Touchdown
November 16th, 2015
The new video, which the European Space Agency (ESA) released last week, reconstructs history's first-ever soft touchdown on a comet, which was performed by the Rosetta mission's Philae lander on Nov. 12, 2014.
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What Would an Alien Megastructure Look Like? Sci-Fi Authors Weigh In
Diagram of a Dyson Sphere
October 27th, 2015
A star is dimming for reasons that astronomers can't explain. Is it an alien megastructure? What sort of alien megastructures would be possible?
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To Find Alien Worlds, First Look at Our Sun
Exoplanet Kepler-186f
November 18th, 2015
We could find small planets close to Earth using a new technique being tested on our own sun.
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What the Flux? No Sign of Aliens Around Strange, Dimming Star
Allen Telescope Array
November 6th, 2015
Observations of a strangely dimming star thought to possibly host an alien megastructure have not turned up signs of communications from an alien civilization, although the chatter may simply be too faint to hear.
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Earth Bloomed Early: A Fermi Paradox Solution?
Innumerable Earth-Like Planets
October 27th, 2015
According to observations by Hubble and Kepler, the universe has only just begun to produce habitable worlds — what does this mean for the evolution of intelligent life?
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Has the Kepler Space Telescope Discovered an Alien Megastructure?
The artist's concept shows NASA's planet-hunting Kepler spacecraft operating in a new mission profile called K2.
October 15th, 2015
NASA's Kepler space telescope has detected something weird orbiting a nearby star — is it evidence of an alien civilization? Or is it just a clump of comets?
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Earth-Like Exoplanet May Be Too Radiation-Blasted to Host Life
Exoplanet Kepler-438b's Atmosphere Stripped Away
November 18th, 2015
Powerful eruptions from its host star may have stripped away the Earth-like exoplanet Kepler-438b's atmosphere, rendering the world uninhabitable, a new study suggests.
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'Alien Megastructure' Mystery May Soon Be Solved
Kepler Space Telescope Artist's Illustration
October 28th, 2015
Astronomers around the world are keeping a close eye on a mysteriously dimming star, and their observations could soon shed light on whether it is indeed surrounded by some sort of "alien megastructure."
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Search For Intelligent Aliens Near Bizarre Dimming Star Has Begun
The Allen Telescope Array
October 19th, 2015
Astronomers are using the Allen Telescope Array (ATA), a system of radio dishes about 300 miles (483 kilometers) northeast of San Francisco, to hunt for signals coming from the vicinity of KIC 8462852, a star that lies 1,500 light-years from Earth.
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