Harvard-Smithsonian Astrophysics Center

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A New Approach to SETI: Targeting Alien Polluters

Humanity is on the threshold of being able to detect signs of alien life on other worlds. By studying exoplanet atmospheres, we can look for gases like oxygen and methane that only coexist if replenished by life. But those gases come from simple life ... [Published DailyMe.Com - 5 hours ago]
First reported Jul 28 2014 - Updated Jul 28 2014 - 1 reports

John Kovac, of the Harvard-Smithsonian Centre for Astrophysics, answers questions on the BICEP2 findings

The leader of the BICEP2 collaboration, John Kovac, of the Harvard-Smithsonian Centre for Astrophysics, was sent the following three questions:1. Do you share the view that what the BICEP2 team detected might have been an artefact of interstellar stuff ... [Published Melbourne Age - Jul 28 2014]
First reported Jul 24 2014 - Updated Jul 25 2014 - 3 reports

Tracking pollution in space may help in finding aliens

Washington, July 25 (ANI): A new study has revealed that that we could spot the fingerprints of certain pollutants under ideal conditions, which would offer a new approach in the search for extraterrestrial intelligence (SETI).The study by theorists at ... [Published TruthDive - Jul 25 2014]
First reported Jul 25 2014 - Updated Jul 25 2014 - 1 reports

Astronomers Discover Transiting Exoplanet with Longest Known Year

Astronomers using NASA Kepler data have discovered a transiting exoplanet with the longest known year. Kepler-421b orbits its star once every 704 days. In comparison, Mars orbits our sun once every 780 days. Most of the more than 1,800 confirmed exoplanets ... [Published ASDNews.com: Be the first to know - Jul 25 2014]
First reported Jul 25 2014 - Updated Jul 25 2014 - 1 reports

Pollution Could Be Key to Finding Extraterrestrial Life

Looking for pollution in exoplanet atmospheres may be a promising way to detect intelligent life, according to new research.   Researchers at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA) say they might soon be able to "spot the fingerprints of ... [Published DailyMe.Com - Jul 25 2014]
First reported Jul 23 2014 - Updated Jul 24 2014 - 8 reports

Can we find aliens by looking for their pollution?

In this artist’s conception, the atmosphere of an Earth-like planet displays a brownish haze – the result of widespread pollution. New research shows that the upcoming James Webb Space Telescope potentially could detect certain pollutants, specifically ... [Published EarthSky - Jul 24 2014]
First reported Jul 23 2014 - Updated Jul 24 2014 - 2 reports

Are we alone? Alien pollution might reveal the answer

Earthlings often wonder if life exists on other planets, and researchers said Wednesday that hunting for traces of pollution from distant worlds could provide the answer. Under certain conditions, astronomers in the next decade might be able to detect ... [Published DailyMe.Com - Jul 24 2014]
First reported Jul 23 2014 - Updated Jul 24 2014 - 5 reports

‘Rare’ exoplanet discovered

A stronomers have discovered an exoplanet that orbits its star every 704 days, the longest known year for an exoplanet, according to the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics.Kepler 421-b orbits a star about 1,000 light years from Earth at the “frost ... [Published Durango Herald - Jul 24 2014]
First reported Jul 23 2014 - Updated Jul 23 2014 - 1 reports

To Find Aliens, We Should Look for Industrial, Polluted Wastelands

Artist's impression of an exoplanet. Image:  Luciano Mendez.The subject of extraterrestrial life tends to bring out both our inner utopianists and dystopianists. In fiction, aliens are usually depicted as either extremely cute and benevolent (E.T.-style) ... [Published Motherboard Magazine - Jul 23 2014]
First reported Jul 22 2014 - Updated Jul 22 2014 - 2 reports

Newly Discovered Exoplanet Takes 704 Days to Circle Its Star

This past July 21, astronomers with the Harvard-Smithsonian Center of Astrophysics announced the discovery of a previously unknown exoplanet. The celestial body was discovered using NASA's Kepler spacecraft, hence the fact that it is now known as Kep ... [Published Softpedia - Jul 22 2014]
First reported Jul 22 2014 - Updated Jul 22 2014 - 3 reports

Transiting Exoplanet With Longest Known Year Discovered By Kepler Mission

Image Caption: This artist's conception shows the Uranus-sized exoplanet Kepler-421b, which orbits an orange, type K star about 1,000 light-years from Earth. Kepler-421b is the transiting exoplanet with the longest known year, circling its star once every ... [Published Red Orbit - Jul 22 2014]
First reported Jul 11 2014 - Updated Jul 11 2014 - 4 reports

Great Ball of Fire: Russian Space Trash Flies Over Australia

A ball of fiery space junk shoots over Australia and people think it's a meteorA fireball flew through the Australian sky Thursday night.The object, approximately the size of a small truck, was debris from a Russian Soyuz rocket, CNN reports . The rocket ... [Published Time - Jul 11 2014]

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"In that case, we could speculate that the aliens wised up and cleaned up their act. Or in a darker scenario, it would serve as a warning sign of the dangers of not being good stewards of our own planet" says Loeb
Sasselov told me he found living with all the political red tape in communist Bulgaria "very frustrating," saying further, "luckily, by the time I was in my early 20s, the whole political system was falling apart. It collapsed eventually in 1989."
"Our BICEP2 telescope clearly detected a B-mode pattern of polarisation on the sky, matching what would be expected from inflationary gravitational waves. It did so primarily at one frequency, 150 GHz [gigahertz], and so as we noted back in March it is very important that this detection of B-modes be followed up by other measurements at additional frequencies. This will allow us to more confidently separate out the galactic and primordial contribution to the B-modes we’ve seen."
"It’s an incredible achievement that has taken years of careful, meticulous observations in the harsh Antarctic environment. It’s only the last step in their analysis, culminating in an unfortunate ‘champagne-celebrating’ video, which has potentially tarnished what would have been a hugely celebrated effort." Read the BICEP2 online paper at: http://arxiv.org/pdf/1403.3985v2.pdf

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Was it a flash in the cosmic dustpan? [Published Sydney Morning Herald - Jul 27 2014]
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All fracked out before we’ve begun? [Published Telegraph - Jul 25 2014]
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[tt] NYT: More Eyes on the Skies [Published TranshumanTech - Jul 25 2014]
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Pollution Could Be Key to Finding Extraterrestr... [Published VOA News - Jul 24 2014]
Alien pollution might allow scientists to narro... [Published Russia Today - Jul 24 2014]
SETI: The Pollution Factor [Published Centauri Dreams - Jul 24 2014]
Looking for ET's Industrial Pollution on Alien ... [Published Discovery Channel - Jul 24 2014]
Can we find aliens by looking for their pollution? [Published EarthSky - Jul 24 2014]
Kepler Discovers Exoplanet With Longest Known Y... [Published Value Walk - Jul 24 2014]
Are we alone? Alien pollution might reveal the ... [Published DailyMe.Com - Jul 24 2014]
Scientists could finally find extraterrestrial ... [Published Grist - the Latest from Grist - Jul 24 2014]
Using Pollution To Locate Extraterrestrial Life [Published Red Orbit - Jul 24 2014]
Scientist to measure space pollution in attempt... [Published East African Standard - Jul 24 2014]
Tracking pollution in space can help find aliens [Published ProKerala.com - Jul 24 2014]
‘Rare’ exoplanet discovered [Published Durango Herald - Jul 24 2014]
Newly discovered planet has longest year yet [Published 3 News - Jul 24 2014]
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New Gaseous Planet Discovered Past Snow Line [Published Value Walk - Jul 24 2014]
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Tight Measurement of Exoplanet Radius [Published Centauri Dreams - 20 hours ago]
Both the Kepler and Spitzer space telescopes had a role to play in recent work on the planet Kepler-93b, whose size is now known to an uncertainty of a mere 120 kilometers on either side of the planet. What we have here is the most precise measurement ...
[tt] NYT: More Eyes on the Skies [Published TranshumanTech - Jul 25 2014]
More Eyes on the Skies http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/22/science/space/more-eyes-on-the-skies.html By DENNIS OVERBYEThe future, it is often said, belongs to those who plan for it. Andastronomers have been busy working the proverbial smoke-filled room ...
Astronomers Discover Transiting Exoplanet with ... [Published ASDNews.com: Be the first to know - Jul 25 2014]
Astronomers using NASA Kepler data have discovered a transiting exoplanet with the longest known year. Kepler-421b orbits its star once every 704 days. In comparison, Mars orbits our sun once every 780 days. Most of the more than 1,800 confirmed exoplanets ...
SETI: The Pollution Factor [Published Centauri Dreams - Jul 24 2014]
We tend to assume that our mistakes as a species flag us as immature, a young civilization blundering about with tools it is misusing on a course that may lead to extinction. But assume for a moment that an intelligent extraterrestrial civilization ...
Can we find aliens by looking for their pollution? [Published EarthSky - Jul 24 2014]
In this artist’s conception, the atmosphere of an Earth-like planet displays a brownish haze – the result of widespread pollution. New research shows that the upcoming James Webb Space Telescope potentially could detect certain pollutants, specifically ...
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