Hi, Did you all see the new planets scientists have found...They are many millions of space miles away...yet they are very much like the earth we live on...I will bet there has to be some kind of life up there...even to the smallest.Thats why I help with the Seti@home project... I just know we will someday find life. It will be interesting to see what more they find out about these new earth planets.
Last Edit: Sept 1, 2004 16:19:56 GMT -6 by Einstein2
Comet Research Pioneer Fred Whipple Dies Tue 31 August, 2004 20:48
BOSTON (Reuters) - Fred Whipple, an astronomer who originated the idea that comets were comprised of ice and mineral dust, has died at the age of 97.
A spokesman for the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, where Whipple had served as director for almost two decades, said he died at a Cambridge, Massachusetts hospital on Monday.
Whipple's "icy conglomerates" theory explained why some comets arrived at destinations earlier or later than predicted and refuted a notion widely held in the early 1950s that comets were comprised of sand held together by gravity.
Ultimately, close-up pictures of Halley's comet proved Whipple's "dirty snowball" theory correct.
"Fred Whipple was one of those rare individuals who affected our lives in many ways. He predicted the coming age of satellites, he revolutionized the study of comets," Charles Althingy, director of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, said.
The American astronomer also influenced space flight by inventing the Whipple Shield, a thin outer skin of metal on spacecrafts to prevent damage from meteors. The mechanism explodes a meteor on contact and improved versions are still in use.
Thankyou Terry, For the information and the site you have down that has got some great information also....Just like Ufo's magazine loss...This had to be a great loss to the scientific world...Yet! we have You and Chad to keep us so interested and well informed also, of the worlds strange doings and also very much scientificly speaking...Let the future keep sending us more Science and Astrology to explore and for more great adventure.Buy the way my we have a great picture of the Haly Comet that went through a couple of years ago...We put a camra out and let it photograph it while it was flying over and is that picture beautiful.It was right over our silo and barn. I also would like to do some pictures of some of the items I see at night..but this will take some special photography.Maybe sometime someday I will send some for you to look at.I am also still searching on time off for Meteorites.I am realy into Science & Astrology also!
Last Edit: Sept 2, 2004 16:30:09 GMT -6 by Einstein2
Is strange space signal a sign that ET's mother has called back?
JAMES REYNOLDS SCIENCE CORRESPONDENT
AMATEUR radio hams are usually excited by the faint buzz of a distant shortwave station, but a group of scientists believe they have received a message from extra-terrestrials.
Astronomers think that a signal picked up by a radio telescope last year shows the highest probability yet that ET’s family may have returned his call.
In February 2003, scientists involved in the search for extra-terrestrial intelligence (SETI) pointed the huge radio telescope in Arecibo, Puerto Rico, at about 200 sections of the sky.
Unexplained radio signals had been detected twice by the same telescope in these areas and scientists were trying to confirm the findings.
It may sound fanciful, but a report in the journal NewScientist reveals how the team has now finished analysing the data, and all the signals seem to have disappeared - except for one which has got stronger. Detected on three separate occasions, the signal is "an enigma", say researchers.
So far, explanations have included conjecture that it could be generated by a previously unknown astronomical phenomenon, or may even be something far more pedestrian, such as an artefact on the telescope itself interfering with measurements.
But the astronomy team says that it also happens to be the best candidate yet for a contact by intelligent aliens in the six-year history of the SETI@home project, which uses programmes running as screen-savers on millions of personal computers worldwide to sift through signals picked up by the Arecibo telescope.
Dr Dan Wertheimer, a radio astronomer at the University of California (Berkeley) and the chief scientist for the project, said: "It is the most interesting signal from SETI@home. We are not jumping up and down, but we are continuing to observe it."
Named SHGb02+14a, the possible alien communication has a frequency of about 1420 megahertz - one of the main frequencies at which hydrogen, the most common element in the universe, readily absorbs and emits energy.
Some astronomers have suggested that aliens trying to announce their presence would be likely to transmit at this frequency, and SETI researchers regularly scan this part of the radio spectrum.
The unexplained signal appears to be emanating from a point between the constellations of Pisces and Aries, where there is no obvious star or planetary system within 1,000 light years, and the transmission is also very faint.
Dr Eric Korpela, of the research team, said: "We are looking for something that screams out ‘artificial’. This just doesn’t do that, but it could be because it is distant."
So far, the telescope has managed to pick up the signal for only about a minute in total, which is not sufficient for astronomers to analyse it fully.
Dr Korpela believes that it is unlikely the "message" is the result of any obvious radio interference or noise, and it does not resemble any known astronomical object.
Others, however, are more sceptical, saying the current lack of explanation does not mean that it could only have been produced by aliens.
Dr Jocelyn Bell Burnell, of the University of Bath, said: "It may be a natural phenomenon of a previously undreamed-of kind - like I stumbled over."
It was Dr Bell Burnell who, in 1967, observed a pulsed radio signal which the research team at the time believed was from extra-terrestrials, but which later was confirmed as the first sighting ever of a spinning collapsed star.
Other questions arise over the signal’s frequency, which oscillates by between eight and 37 hertz a second.
Paul Horowitz, a Harvard University astronomer who looks for alien signals using optical telescopes, believes that the drift in the signal makes it "fishy".
David Anderson, the director of the SETI@home project, is also sceptical but curious about the signal. He told NewScientist: "It is unlikely to be real, but we will definitely continue to observe it."
Meanwhile, a new analysis of interstellar communications claims that, rather than sending radio signals, aliens would find it far more efficient to send a "message in a bottle".
Scientists at Rutgers University in New Jersey claim that beaming a radio signal that can be detected 10,000 light years away would demand a million billion times as much energy as just shooting out matter on which the data is inscribed.
Yep! Terry is completely right about the seti@home signal...Found by someone in Madison area of Wisconsin!!!!!!!!! I have the Seti@Home screen savor it is perty neat! Even if it is not an alien signal..It is a signal to watch and study because of the possiblities that can come from it....I am proud to be on the Seti@home team and do not ever plan on leaving this world wide computor experiment to help mankind discover the unknown, that lurks in space! By the way Seti@home classic will be changing to Boinc, a new type of procedure looking at different searches and projects to help mankind...I want to be a part of thier search to find those answers....Go and read about it at www.Seti@home.com. Maybe .....you will want to try it out! Read this 100,000 times..!!!!!! And there you go folks!!....Another reason to have Chad and Terry back on the air waves, to also be a part of that journey because of their professional and special talent of finding out those things that are unknown to our world. ;D
Last Edit: Sept 4, 2004 17:18:38 GMT -6 by Einstein2