Datum: 2 december, 2010

NASA Conference on Astrobiology Discovery Impacting Search for ET

NASA will hold a news conference at 2 p.m. EST (kl 20:00 svensk tid) on Thursday, viagra Dec. 2, try to discuss an astrobiology finding that will impact the search for evidence of extraterrestrial life. Astrobiology is the study of the origin, viagra 100mg evolution, distribution and future of life in the universe.

News release source

The news conference will be held at the NASA Headquarters auditorium at 300 E St. SW, in Washington. It will be broadcast live on NASA Television and streamed on the agency’s website.

Reporters may view the televised press conference at NASA Ames Research Center in the main auditorium, Bldg. 201 or ask questions by phone. To obtain dial-in information, journalists must send their name, affiliation and telephone number to Steve Cole at stephen.e.cole@nasa.gov or call 202-358-0918 by 9 a.m. PST Dec. 2, 2010.

Participants are:
Mary Voytek, director, Astrobiology Program, NASA Headquarters, Washington
Felisa Wolfe-Simon, NASA astrobiology research fellow, U.S. Geological Survey, Menlo Park, Calif.
Pamela Conrad, astrobiologist, NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md.
Steven Benner, distinguished fellow, Foundation for Applied Molecular Evolution, Gainesville, Fla.
James Elser, professor, Arizona State University, Tempe

To reach NASA Ames, take U.S. Highway 101 to the Moffett Field, NASA Parkway exit and drive east on Moffett Boulevard towards the main gate. The briefing will be held in the main auditorium, Building N-201, at NASA Ames. Building N-201 is located behind the administration building, N-200.

For NASA TV streaming video and downlink information

Dwayne Brown
Headquarters, Washington

Cathy Weselby
Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif.

Number of stars in universe may be vastly larger than thought

A new census indicates that there may three times as many stars as current estimates, approved on account of undercounting red dwarf stars, which are too small and dim to see at great distances.

By Amina Khan, Los Angeles Times, December 1

Here’s a finding that may make some stargazers do a double-take through their telescopes: There may be three times as many stars in the universe as we thought. Fixing this astronomical miscalculation may force some researchers to reconsider what far-off galaxies really look like and how the stars within them came to be.

”It has terrifying implications for a lot of the astronomy we do,” said Caltech astronomer Richard Ellis, who was not involved in the work.

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