This has been a week of change, and change is good where I’m concerned. We’ve gotten tentative confirmation of the status of star KIC 8462852, previously suspected by some as the possible location of an alien megastructure. There are radio signals we would expect to see if it were an artifact of a technical civilization, signals we do not detect but should even given our species’ current level of technology. So, it seems as though it’s “no aliens,” or at least the Scottish verdict of “not proved.” No one is more disappointed than yours truly, though to be fair, history has not been kind to the astroscientific detection of aliens, and this was not unexpected. Are we alone? We don’t know, and it’s too soon for a definitive answer, though it’s extremely unlikely that Earth hosts the only intelligent life in the universe.
May you enjoy the weekend, and your nights be lit by the stars.
Image of the Week:
NASA Opens Media Accreditation for Orion Service Module Event
Who was Galileo Galilei?
Alien Star: No Signals Detected from Aliens Yet
Big Picture Science Radio Show | Going to All Species
Rewrite of Onboard Memory Planned for NASA Mars Orbiter
Protecting Juno’s Heart
Lamar Smith and Adjusting Scientific Data
Animal Communication, Information Theory, and the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence
NASA Seeks Ideas for Spot on Mars for Next Giant Leap
Who was Christiaan Huygens?
Antarctic Ice: Still Losing Mass
SETI Institute to Lead New STEM Program with Girl Scouts
Galaxy at the Center of the Hubble Tuning Fork
Ion Propulsion: The Key to Deep Space Exploration
Crash Course Astronomy: All About Galaxies
Cyclone Chapala: Huge Storm Set to Hit Yemen and Oman
Astrochemistry: Putting the Astro in Astrobiology
NASA Mission Reveals Speed of Solar Wind Stripping Martian Atmosphere
New Visualization Shows Incredible Variety of Extraterrestrial Worlds
Finding Earth’s Twin