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What to do during quarantine pt 3

Do you believe in aliens?

If intelligent alien life, located 65 million light-years away from us, was to turn their telescopes to our planet, they would be looking at our home as it was 65 million years ago. They would be looking at the Earth as it was at the time the T-Rex roamed our lands. The same would happen if we looked at an alien civilization through our telescopes; we would not witness a contemporary type of life, but rather a younger form of its home.

Having a telescope of your own not only allows you to explore the cosmic objects that surround you but to see space as it was millions of years ago. It’s like having your own time travel machine!

Imagine how they would see us!

“But recent discoveries in space and Earth sciences have provided some encouragement to those who are enthusiastic about the prospect, however remote, of detecting other civilizations.

While once it was thought that our solar system could be unique, since the discovery of the first exoplanet (a planet in another solar system) in the 1990s, thousands more have been located. Around one in five stars are now thought to have a planet in their orbit in a so-called “habitable zone” – that is, at a distance from the star where the temperature (neither too hot nor too cold) means that life is theoretically feasible.

At the same time, the date at which life on Earth is thought to have started has been pushed back. Whereas once it was thought that the deep oceans could have sat dead and empty for billions of years before a freak chemical reaction produced the primitive cells that were the first form of life, recent science suggests that this could have happened much more quickly after the planet formed 4.5bn years ago. If it happened here, why not elsewhere?

Are Earth’s 7.5 billion human inhabitants, along with the billions of other animals and plants we share our home with, on our own in the universe, our blue planet an oasis in a desert of rocks and gases? If there is another life form somewhere, could it be as intelligent as us? Or pose a risk to us, as the physicist Stephen Hawking once warned? As investigations of Mars continue, and a new set of observations from the James Webb Space Telescope are set to begin, our interest in the possibility of alien life appears undimmed – even as conditions in our own biosphere appear ever more unstable.”~The Guardian view on looking for aliens

First known extraterrestrial protein possibly spotted in meteorite

A close-up view of Eros, an asteroid with an orbit that takes it somewhat close to Earth. The photo was taken by NASA’s Near Earth Asteroid Rendezvous - Shoemaker spacecraft in 2000. Image credit: NASA/JHUAPL

But recent discoveries in space and Earth sciences have provided some encouragement to those who are enthusiastic about the prospect, however remote, of detecting other civilizations.

~The Guardian

“A research team claimed to have found the first known extraterrestrial protein, spotting it in a space rock that fell to Earth 30 years ago.

The scientists, led by Malcolm McGeoch of the Plex Corp. in Fall River, Massachusetts, analyzed the meteorite Acfer 086, which landed in Algeria in 1990. High-precision mass spectrometry revealed the presence of a novel protein, McGeoch and his team wrote in a new paper that’s available on the online preprint site arXiv.org.

The protein, which the researchers proposed calling “hemolithin,” consists of chains of the amino acids glycine and hydroxyglycine, as well as iron, oxygen and lithium atoms, the researchers reported. And the hemolithin is significantly enriched in deuterium, a heavy isotope of hydrogen that features a neutron in its atomic nucleus along with a proton. (The nucleus of a “normal” hydrogen atom has a proton but no neutron.)”  ~Mike Wall

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