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Philae's Comet May Host Alien 'Life': Astronomers


Astronomers proposed a novel explanation Monday for the strange appearance of the comet carrying Europe’s robot probe Philae through outer space: alien microscopic life. 517 more words

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The Philae Comet Could Be Home to Microbial Alien Life, Scientists Say

Two top astronomers say the comet that is now home to the Philae lander could also be inhabited by microbial alien life.

Several characteristics of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, such as its organic-rich black crust, are best explained by the presence of living organisms beneath its icy surface, reports… 92 more words

July 04 - Henrietta Swan Leavitt

American astronomer Henrietta Swan Leavitt, the woman indirectly responsible for making Earth a much smaller and less important place,was born today in 1868.

Leavitt worked at Harvard College Observatory as a “computer”, measuring and recording the brightness of stars.  73 more words


Amateur Astronomers Spot Massive Explosion on Jupiter

An apparent impact on Jupiter early Monday created a fireball on the planet so large and bright that amateur astronomers on Earth spotted the flash. The surprising impact on Jupiter was first reported by amateur astronomer Dan Peterson of Racine, Wisc., who was observing the largest planet in our solar system when the event occurred, according to the website Spaceweather.com, which tracks space weather and night sky events. 101 more words

July 02 - Hans Bethe

The happy chap in the photograph is today’s birthday boy, German-born (later American) nuclear physicist, Hans Bethe.

Born in Strasbourg in 1906, Bethe majored in chemistry at Strasbourg University for a while, but was tempted to Munich in 1926 by the superior standard of physics there. 214 more words


June 29 - George Ellery Hale

Born today in Chicago, 1868, son of a genius (an elevator manufacturer in 19th century Chicago – what other word could describe him?), George Ellery Hale  315 more words


June 26 - Charles Messier

Charles Messier, whose birthday it is today (he was born in 1730), was a comet hunter par excellence (he was also French), finding thirteen of them.   272 more words