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Fraser Cain is hanging out with 3 people right now in a live Hangout On Air!Nicole Gugliucci, Ian O'Neill, and Nancy Atkinson
I think it'd be awesome to have a worldwide star party... could have European night sky with others doing solar observation.
It's completely understandable Nicole. Thesis sounds like hell, wish you luck on it.
Havent the resilience of life shown, that we cant expect to limit condition demands? Once its up and running rather harsh enviroments can support life?
Wouldn't finding an atmosphere quite similar to Earth's be extremely indicative of having carbon-based life on it...? Since the oxygen in our atmosphere is a result of life occurring?
Oxygen with other things like methane in the atmosphere would be unstable, and indicate something screwy is going on, like life.
TPF's budget will be almost as big as the whole ISS. It'll be great when we can build it.
Also we know how much effect life have had on earth, have anyone looked into projecting further into a future how life can change the planetary conditions?
The Webb has gone way over budget. I wondered if building a Saturn V first, to launch an 8 meter scope would have been cheaper. Something like that might work for TPF. SLS will be expensive, if built, but will have a big fairing.
Ian O'Neill Earth 2.0 - http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/2012/02/201221374553450349.html
Nancy Atkinson's article on a Salty Mars - http://www.universetoday.com/93848/salty-soil-on-mars-could-be-slurping-water-from-the-atmosphere/
Great article - the Habitable Expolanet Catalog. http://phl.upr.edu/projects/habitable-exoplanets-catalog
I always hear about participating with SETI from home, but I always forget to check it out. It's now added to my bookmarks for after this show.
Nicole Gugliucci wants' to talk to aliens! (Sorry, trying to drive traffic to the article ;) - http://news.discovery.com/space/setistars-successful-funding-jodie-foster-110817.html
What I said earlier about price of TPF, was misremembering. I was actually remembering the price of the Terrestrial Planet Imager project, which was a collection of telescopes larger than the JWST all flying together, doing optical interferometry.
I've supported SETI@Home for over a decade. Never ran the screen saver much - as that consumes CPU time, and slows computation. Now, my video card supports some projects. Much faster.
Can't wait for LSST - data overload. But we'll see all sorts of things happening. Kepler has found lots of stuff by opening the time domain.
Interesting PDF for the amateur astronomers out there that want to look for Exoplanets http://www2.truman.edu/~gokhale/ExoPlaneTransBook.pdf
There are several BOINC projects on Astronomy, for example: Einstein@Home, Milky@Home, Cosmology@Home
- what is your thesis? (if you don't mind sharing) and is there an easy way to get started in radio astronomy? I'm curious about it.
Ian O'neill's article on the Hyabusa mission - http://news.discovery.com/space/setistars-successful-funding-jodie-foster-110817.html
Love me some BOINC. When i'm on campus learning on how I can study the Universe, my PCs can crunch some numbers! amazing program. :)
My astronomy club has an active radio group. The radio noise near my house is worse than the light pollution.
As reported by Nancy Atkinson, here's Jason Major's article about warp drive - Ian O'neill's article on the Hyabusa mission - http://news.discovery.com/space/setistars-successful-funding-jodie-foster-110817.html
BOINC is awesome. My last box is still running Einstein@Home and SETI@home. Friend of mine has been running SETI@Home for a decade.
Probably the big issue is what circumstances are stable and chemically active enough that life can evolve and develop as fast or faster than we have.
I think I remember Dawkins saying something along the lines of "it's very likely that life in the Universe is not only weirder than we imagine, but weirder than we can imagine" :)
I didn't go, cuz I live in the U.S. But I did watch last years event online, and it was great!
I sent you a message a few days ago on my stream, mentioning you. Had a couple questions for you if you have the time. :) my email is in my profile if you'd like to communicate that way. Thanks
I apologize the delay, there was a problem with the download, it's missing the first 10 minutes or so. :(
No problem, Fraser. I've been sharing these each week in my online intro astronomy classes. The students love them and they make for great discussions. Thanks much to you and everyone for doing these.
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