Certainly, this is a subject that humanity has been following for generations. I will admit to possibly salivating in heat to know the actual answer to this long-pressed question. Is there life out there?
Surely, this is something that every human being with any inkling of intellectual capacity wants to acknowledge. Is Planet Earth the only planet, of ALL OF THE PLANETS IN THE UNIVERSE, that hosts life? The mere notion of that seemingly is ridiculous! Yet, besides all of the rumors and hearsay, after all of the quandaries and queries, many of us really want to know whether or not there is anyone, anything else ALIVE out there in the vastness of the cosmos.
Browsing The Internet brought me to the e-article Will We Find Extraterrestrial Life In 2015. The author’s immediate response was “Probably not, but just possibly yes”. Now, just what in The Hell is that supposed to say?!?!
I recognize that life, as we understand it, requires certain, almost precise conditions, in order for it to form, to evolve, to thrive, et cetera. Yet, who is to say that other forms of life can not exist based upon some other bases of existence that we have yet to comprehend? As far as I know, we have NOT travelled all throughout the universe, let alone The Milky Way, so we are basing the manners of life-thriving on how we understand it from an Earth-bound perspective. That method of living might NOT always be the case in other places of the universe. Rebuttal?
Going into this e-article, the author delves into our recent, scientific studies of Mars. The rover Curiosity was able to pick up traces of methane in the Martian atmosphere. That small trace-emission of gas is the slightest of possibilities that life could have existed on The Red Planet at some point in it’s past! That seems to sound so blatantly dull and irrelevant, yet knowing whether or not any life was on Mars surely will mean that life certainly can exist at any other location throughout our Milky Way Galaxy. Our key would be just to locate the precise planetary systems, star systems, and to learn their distances in relation to Earth, so that we are able to study them!
Jupiter’s Europa and Saturn’s Enceladus are attracting recent attention. These are two of the larger moons of the two largest worlds of our solar system, and they seem to be massive worlds covered with ice. Some scientists are believing that enormous oceans exist beneath these ice shells. Even greater leaps of speculation (hope?) would lead some to suggest that aquatic life could exist within the oceans of these lunar worlds! Liquid water also is suspected to exist beneath Jupiter’s Ganymede, Saturn’s Titan, as well as worlds at the edge of the solar system such as Eris and Pluto!
This is just from the beginner’s basic exploration of our own solar system. There is an entire, massive star-filled galaxy, complete with millions of other worlds all around us! On top of that, there are likely millions of other galaxies out there! It would be beyond absurd to suggest that there is no life at some place, some nook, in some location of space that we simply have NOT seen, are NOT aware of, at this time!
Embrace our inferiority! It will be a while, at least, before we actually get to discover the truth about other worlds, and whether or not they host living beings. We can not even get back to our own friggin’ moon, let alone anywhere else in our solar system. Dare NOT mention any manner of voyage to any location to another star system. NO. Not now.
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We will keep looking…..
Something is out there, damn it! One of these days, sooner or later, we will find out who, or what it is (whether we like it, or not…)! With strange signals popping off in the distance, one can not help but to be intrigued by what is being displayed. I am the cat, after all…… (I heard that).
It does seem that there are some strange signals being sent our way, from the depths of the unknown. It began during 2007, when a team of scientists was studying signals from an unknown area of our Milky Way Galaxy. This initial study produced results that lasted merely one or two seconds. A subsequent effort was made to track these same signals during 2011, yet that attempt was without merit.
Currently, there seem to be around 10,000 radio wave signals being received daily by telescopes here on Earth that are equipped to receive deep space emissions. At present, these recently discovered radio signals remain mysterious. However, it has been recognized as fact that these signals are truly occurring, and that they are real!
Parkes Radio Telescope and Parkes Observatory are being centered as the location for enhanced research geared toward deep space radio emissions tracking, along with similarly related astronomy fields of study. Studies at Parkes have lead to the reception of four additional and mysterious signal bursts! Scientists who studied these bursts have concluded that the emissions occur regularly, and that they occur all throughout the universe!
As these emissions remain mysterious, scientists are bolstered in there efforts to study them because they now know where to find them. Future studies will reveal the mechanics behind the bursts. The immediate presentations of the information have given evidence that can be studied to renowned minds like Dr. Stephen Hawking. He is of the current impression that these bursts could be the emissions of dissolving, evaporating black holes!
As Dr. Hawking is Dr. Hawking, he probably is right! Yet, the evidence is not solid, so they still are doing the research. Meanwhile, the ongoing outlook progresses, and all frequency stations will remain tuned!
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We were thinking that the cyclonic storms here on Earth were monstrous! HA, laughs Saturn! You bitches ain’t seen nothin’ yet! (Alright, there was not that level of raucous and rude outburst…). The gazes into the goings on of the activities beyond our world are becoming more and more exciting, and our satellite imagings are capturing more spectacular scenes at every shot!
The assistance of The Cassini Space Probe continues to prove beneficial, as it is delivering more and more awe-inspiring images of Saturn. After having been deployed from Earth in October of 1997, Cassini arrived at our solar system’s sixth world during 2004. It actually is a dual space probe called Cassini-Huygens, which was used to study Saturn, along with it’s largest moon, Titan.
Upon reaching Saturn, Cassini has taken amazing photos of activities occurring within the atmosphere of Saturn. The recent spectacle is the sight of a gigantic storm that is swirling at the northern polar region of the planet. This hurricane-like feature is estimated to be 1,250 miles in diameter, with winds at it’s outer regions reaching speeds up to 330 miles per hour! Imagine something like that during our hurricane season!
The images taken by Cassini show a deep-reddish, swirling shape. It is encircled by green loops, which give the red area the depiction of the storm’s eye. This eye area is estimated to be roughly 1,250 miles wide! Amazingly, during 2006, the Cassini space probe captured images of an even larger cyclonic vortex within Saturn’s atmosphere!
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It usually is an exciting thing for science semi-geeks like myself to catch some of the latest postings about recent discoveries, especially when they concern astronomy! A current clip probably delivers details of information that has been presented previously, yet now is making it into the realm of general reading. I am reading it as I am typing (yes… multi-talent….), and I am seeing where N.A.S.A. scientists have been working with The Kepler Space Telescope, recently. Their efforts have resulted in the location of three extrasolar planets that have the possibilities for habitability!
The Kepler Telescope has had it’s powerful lenses aimed in the direction of Kepler-62. This star is is located within our Milky Way Galaxy, specifically within Lyra Constellation. This is one of the 88 major constellations that are detailed by The International Astronomical Union. The star Kepler-62 is attracting specific attention because it has three worlds orbiting it which have the potentials to be habitable!
Current observations of Kepler-62 are revealing that the star hosts at least five worlds. Three of these planets are specifically interesting because they seem to orbit within the habitable zone of their parent star. Kepler-62e and Kepler-62f are the planets of this system that have been receiving the most review. It is Kepler-62f which ig attracting additional attention because it seems to be the planet within this system that has the greatest potential to be a life-harboring world! It is well-within the habitable zone of Kepler-62, and it has a possibility to hold liquid water. Additionally, Kepler 69-c has been identified within this orbital area, yet it may reside slightly outside of the habitable zone of the Kepler-62 solar system.
It is Kepler-62f which is believed to be roughly forty percent as large as Earth. N.A.S.A. Ames Research Center Principal Scientific Investigator William Borucki has stated that Kepler-62f may be a rocky world that could have polar ice caps! Yet, it is less massive and less aquatic than Earth.
The star itself is a K-type main-sequence star. This can be called an orange dwarf, also. It is similar to nearby stars within our Milky Way Galaxy that include Epsilon Eridani and Tau Ceti. These types of stars are cooler than The Sun, which is a G-type main-sequence star.
The Kepler Space Telescope has been working tirelessly since it’s 2009 launch into Earth orbit. Since that time, this celestial observer has located over one-hundred extrasolar planets! Kepler is an intregal part of the N.A.S.A. objective to locate a world beyond our solar system that is capable of hosting life, possibly even life as we understand it, and, with the greatest of fingers crossed, sentient life!
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Once again, it is after “bedtime”, yet I am finding myself spaced out! A recent article posted at space.com presented details regarding a fascinating site that has been observed, telescopically. It seems that astronomers in Europe have gotten to see a rare sight that initiates interest, while creating further levels of curiousity about all within the great beyond!
Astronomers working at Observatory of Geneva, at Canton of Geneva, Switzerland. and within the municipality of Versoix, Switzerland, recently have viewed another of the awesome activities occurring within deep space. Their telescopes were aimed at the distant galaxy NGC 4845, where newly discovered locations and celestial objects were being observed. This particular galaxy is a current standout in recent studies of space because of an unusual activity occurring at it’s core.
The supermassive black hole at the center of NGC 4845 seems to have gotten hold of an object that unfortunately drifted too closely to it! Apparently, a rogue planet, or it may have been a brown dwarf, was loose from the gravitational connections of any solar system, or nearby worlds. It was a floater, and it was unfortunate to have drifted into a realm of no-return!
This gas giant drifted out of it’s original area of placement, moving toward the core of NGC 4845. At that point, the supermassive black hole at the galaxy’s core was able to get hold of the world adrift with it’s intense gravitational force. Now, it seems that the black hole is sucking off of the gas giant, which will continue until the planet is reduced to nothing!
Scientists are saying that this is the first time that such an event has been viewed. This victimized object is believed to be a lost gas giant, yet it may be a brown dwarf. Whatever it is/was, allegedly had a mass that equalled to 0.5 times the mass of Jupiter. However massive it was, it is GONE now!
Supermassive black holes are objects which emit the most powerful forces of gravity known! They are the largest kinds of black holes in the universe, being as massive as hundreds of times to thousands of times the mass of The Sun. They are located at the centers of all galaxies. Our Milky Way has it’s own supermassive black hole, called Sagittarius A*. It may have been getting it’s snack on recently, as astronomers were observing flare bursts from it’s core at the end of 2012!
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The studies of outer space are completely compelling! I found myself caught within the online details that are being presented about studies of galaxies. Current news gives details about ifnformation that astronomers are revealing. It seems that the largest-known galaxy to date has been located!
The phenomenal power of The Hubble Space Telescope has produced yet another incredible find! Gazing back through spacetime, roughly some 1.07 billion light years away, the super seer of outer space has spotted what we are identifying as the galaxy of greatest size that is currently known. HST has viewed images within The Virgo Constellation. These pictures have produced scenes of a distant galaxy that is identified as IC 1101. This is a Type cD class galaxy that is 1.07 billion light years away from Earth!
IC 1101 is being hailed as the largest galaxy that we have viewed, thus far. It is an elliptical galaxy that is an incredible 5.5 million light years wide. This size is large enough to contain over fifty Milky Way Galaxies (our home galaxy), and it is 2,000 times as massive as our galactic residence! Research reveals that IC 1101 is so enormous that it easily could contain our Milky Way, along with our satellite galaxies, The Large Magellanic Cloud and The Small Magellanic Cloud, as well as the nearby galaxies of Andromeda and Triangulum.
Like all elliptical galaxies and spiral galaxies, IC 1101 has a supermassive black hole at it’s core. It’s supermassive black hole has not been spotted directly, yet. However, it is speculated to be the largest black hole known, likely billions, or tens of billions of times as large as Sagittarius A*, the supermassive black hole at the core of our Milky Way Galaxy.
This super-galaxy is within Abell 2029 galaxy cluster. This is viewed within The Virgo Cluster, located within the constellation Virgo. This is the central region of Virgo Supercluster, the massive gathering of galaxies in which The Milky Way is a member!
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Such images can have one Wishing On A Star….