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New way to detect alien life discovered


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#1    UM-Bot

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Posted 17 June 2014 - 06:37 PM

The powerful new model can help detect life on extrasolar planets more effectively than ever before.

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Developed by researchers from the University College London, the technique works by analyzing the absorption of different colored light by an extrasolar planet's atmosphere and then comparing it to a predetermined spectrum to find out which molecules may be present there.

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Posted 17 June 2014 - 06:51 PM

This will be interesting!


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Posted 17 June 2014 - 07:00 PM

I'm enthralled.


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Posted 17 June 2014 - 07:13 PM

Yes this is quite interesting.  Maybe if we find alien life somewhere we can send all of our politicians there.  Lawyers too.  Then the other world will know there's no intelligent life here.


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Posted 17 June 2014 - 07:30 PM

View Postpaperdyer, on 17 June 2014 - 07:13 PM, said:

Yes this is quite interesting.  Maybe if we find alien life somewhere we can send all of our politicians there.  Lawyers too.  Then the other world will know there's no intelligent life here.

One should not let lawyers and politicians give the whole human race a bad name. But I see your point!


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Posted 17 June 2014 - 08:30 PM

So now humanity is sniffing for ET farts?

However, this is a fascinating new model and I am excited to see where it goes over the next 10 years.


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Posted 18 June 2014 - 04:27 AM

Sure beats the lame Dyson Sphere proposal.


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Posted 18 June 2014 - 09:08 AM

An interesting project and one I hope yields great results. Just one extra little analytical tool we can use as we glance across the endless expanse towards the myriad of distant twinkling points in the sky and wonder if we are alone!

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Posted 18 June 2014 - 01:13 PM

I think scientists should build a very powerful telescope that can see everything/anything on the surface of other planets. Just avoid suns/stars


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Posted 18 June 2014 - 03:13 PM

you can come out any new method u can think off ,since no one can proof whether it work or not


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Posted 18 June 2014 - 03:42 PM

Very interesting, i'll be waiting to hear what results the new methods garnish over time. Never know, they might find Jabba the Hutt out there somewhere!


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Posted 18 June 2014 - 04:14 PM

This is really cool!

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Posted 18 June 2014 - 08:37 PM

View Postkobolds, on 18 June 2014 - 03:13 PM, said:

you can come out any new method u can think off ,since no one can proof whether it work or not

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Posted 18 June 2014 - 08:47 PM

View PostTheGreatBeliever, on 18 June 2014 - 01:13 PM, said:

I think scientists should build a very powerful telescope that can see everything/anything on the surface of other planets. Just avoid suns/stars

Such a telescope is well beyond current abilities (and way, WAY beyond current budgetary constraints).

There are several huge new telescopes under construction, including the European Extremely Large Telescope (E-ELT). This will have a primary mirror 40 metres (131.2 ft)across. To give you some idea of how telescopes have progressed, when I first got interested in Astronomy a little over 40 years ago the largest telescope in the world had a primary mirror just 200 inches across.

Because of the E-ELT's enormous size this behemoth will be able to see Earth like planets around stars but it will still not be capable of making out surface details

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Posted 19 June 2014 - 06:55 AM

View PostWaspie_Dwarf, on 18 June 2014 - 08:47 PM, said:

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There are several huge new telescopes under construction, including the European Extremely Large Telescope (E-ELT). This will have a primary mirror 40 metres (131.2 ft)across. To give you some idea of how telescopes have progressed, when I first got interested in Astronomy a little over 40 years ago the largest telescope in the world had a primary mirror just 200 inches across.
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Lets see... 200 inches x 1 foot / 12 inches = 200 / 12 feet = 16.67 feet

131.2 feet /16.67 feet = 1 : 8 ratio

The size doubled every 10 years!

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