Category Archives: Alien Planets

Alien Life Series: Why the Silent Skies?

Now that we’ve had a nice cross section of where we might expect to find life within and without our solar system, I’m bringing this alien life series to a close with the consideration of a very pressing question: if … Continue reading

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Alien Life Series: Life Around Red Dwarfs

Thus far, we’ve dealt with the three most probably inhabited alien worlds in our own solar system. Being in our own solar system, they all have some things in common; the same Sun, for example. Now it’s time to move … Continue reading

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Alien Life Series: Titan, and a Crash Course in Alien Biochemistry

So far, this alien life series has explored Europa and Mars–both planets we find appealing for their potential to host Earth-style life, the type of life we know to exist. But what about life “not as we know it?” Saturn’s … Continue reading

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Alien Life Series: Mars

Since Schiaparelli’s 19th century description of “canals” on the Martian surface, Mars has been the most popular planet for speculation about life. Generations of astronomers and science fiction writers alike speculated about an advanced civilization struggling to save itself by … Continue reading

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Alien Life Series: Europa

Some of you may have heard that Jupiter’s moon, Europa, is a likely to find life in our Solar System. This may sound odd. Europa is, after all, terribly far from the Sun. How could it host liquid water, let … Continue reading

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A Habitable Planets Primer

In the spirit of Christmas and appreciating all that we have, today’s blog is about what makes Earth such an awesome place to live. It’s also about where we might expect to find life elsewhere in the Universe. You see, … Continue reading

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Kepler-22b: New Earth, or Super Venus?

Recently, the web has been abuzz in a small way with news of the discovery of a “possible super-Earth.” This assessment is accurate: in the planet Kepler 22-b, we have confirmation of the second planet known to man to be … Continue reading

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