Very Odd Binary Systems Spit 45,000 Miles per Second Winds

Researchers at Cambridge University have observed two “very odd” binary systems in a nearby galaxies that are emitting winds at a quarter of the speed of light–around 45,000 miles per second. The binary systems are believed to be ‘ultra-luminous x-ray sources,’ that are devouring their companion stars at a rate that exceeds previously understood limits, and spitting out the remnants at incredible speed. When observing the universe at the x-ray wavelength, there are two predominant types of astronomical objects; supermassive black holes, sitting at the centers of large galaxies and ferociously devouring the material around them, and binary systems, consisting of a stellar remnant–a white dwarf, neutron star or black hole–feeding on gas from a companion star. But since the 1980s astronomers have been aware of mysterious intermediary systems, ones that are up to one hundred times brighter than regular binary systems, yet too faint to be linked to […] Read More

Strange Radio Signals Could Be Messages Coming From Aliens On Distant Planet, Scientists Say

Parkes radio telescope in Australia has picked up a series of mysterious radio signals that feature a new “double burst” output that cannot be explained by events previously believed to have caused single bursts in the past. The new fast radio bursts, or FRBs, are causing controversy in the scientific community as scientists say they have “no idea what’s going on” noting that “many of the proposed models to explain FRBs use a single high energy event involving compact objects (such as neutron star mergers) and therefore cannot easily explain a two-component FRB.” This has left scientists baffled by the “double burst” and has many claiming that a distant alien civilization could be responsible. The Daily Mail reports that scientists are baffled by the latest discovery of a “double burst” radio signal. The fast radio bursts, or FRBs, were picked up by the Parkes radio telescope in Australia and […] Read More

Frank Drake on SETI: Let’s Shut Up and Listen

Harvard-educated astrophysicist Frank Drake is the father of the search for extraterrestrial intelligence, so he isn’t exactly a skeptic on the question. He speculates that as many as 10,000 extraterrestrial civilizations may thrive in the Milky Way galaxy alone, and his famous equation has helped move of the idea of alien contact out of the tabloids and into the pages of peer-reviewed journals. So when he says something like this, it pays to listen: Frank Drake … said in conversation that despite the many potential benefits of making contact with an advanced life-form, “it would be silly to send messages now.” For starters, we won’t be able to benefit from such a project for at least 50-100 years. So, it would be a waste of resources at this point in time. Our time, money, and energy would be better spent searching as “sending messages is not efficient.” According to Drake, […] Read More

1997: SCIENTISTS ARGUE ABOUT HALE-BOPP COMPANION

This is a old story here still cause it is. SCIENTISTS ARGUE ABOUT HALE-BOPP COMPANION Claims that an anomalous object is accompanying the Comet Hale-Bopp on its tour of the solar system continue to stir controversy. On Sunday, December 8, Linda Moulton Howe appeared on the Art Bell Show and played two audio tapes from female scientists who questioned the “companion’s” existence. One tape had comments from Dr. Martha Hanner, a comet specialist at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, whose field is infrared astronomy. Dr. Hanner reportedly said an object as large as the “companion” should certainly have been visible to infrared telescopes. But it has not. “Something that huge should certainly be shining bright in the infrared range.” The second tape by Dr. Karen Melch of the University of Hawaii’s Institute of Astronomy in Honolulu told how Hale-Bopp has been observed steadily since November 11 on […] Read More

2011: Destination asteroids

28 May 2011  [1]Science correspondent Nasa’s asteroid sample-return mission will cost about a billion dollars to mount There were two key announcements this past week relevant to the human exploration of space beyond low-Earth orbit and the space station. The first was the confirmation by Nasa that it would press ahead with the development of a [2] based on its “cancelled” Orion concept. Orion, originally conceived under the US agency’s now defunct Constellation programme, was to be equipped with the systems needed to sustain astronauts on long journeys away from our planet. The MPCV (Orion in all but name) will be similarly equipped. The other important bit of news was the selection of [3] to launch in 2016. This robotic mission of Nasa’s will travel out to an asteroid called 1999 RQ36; its arrival is expected in 2020. After some remote-sensing of its target, Osiris-Rex will then attempt to […] Read More

1999: Alien Earths

Robert Adler and Henry Bortman OUR FIRST GLIMPSES of Earthly worlds beyond the Solar System might just be looming into focus, say two teams of astronomers. Independently they have found two promising candidates for low-mass planets that could play host to life. Over the past few years, astronomers have found more than a dozen extrasolar planets by looking for stars that “wobble” due to the gravity of planets that orbit them. But this technique only picks up very massive planets–gas giants like Jupiter. These are unlikely to be hospitable to life. “We live on a low-mass planet,” says David Bennett, an astrophysicist at the University of Notre Dame in Indiana. “Those are the ones you need to look for.” In their quest for low-mass planets, Bennett and his colleagues have been watching the way the gravity of stars magnifies the light from objects behind them, an effect called gravitational […] Read More