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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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
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
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
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