Richard loves to talk about space and the word astrobiology is no foreign to him. I really hope that there are many more movies like this one to come. Watching the movie's planetary landscape sent me into a familiar but strange and beautifully compiled world. Food for thought!
We’re getting good at finding exoplanets, but trying to find evidence of life is a little bit more complicated than I thought. It fabulously integrates the different sciences; bringing together people with various expertise to scratch their heads collectively as they try and figure out how to solve the...
Scientists look for pattern recognition when exploring how the natural world or universe work. Something looks to be astray in KIC 8462852 one of 150,000 stars watched by the Kepler space telescope, which is giving off an odd flickering light. It may be a string of comets. Some think...
Rocks and minerals are vital for unlocking the mysteries of life’s origin and for guiding the search for life on other worlds. ‘Extreme environments’, places too hot, cold, dry, salty, noxious or otherwise inhospitable to most things alive on our planet today are studied to help deepen understanding of...
An interview with Professor Kathleen Campbell – University of Auckland, about a recent study undertaken around Chernobyl, which highlighted a surprisingly ‘normal’ resuming of (wild) life in the area after the nuclear catastrophe in the 80’s. Find out more from the NZ Herald, click here.
Haritina Mogosanu and Jesse Mulligan from Radio New Zealand are discussing the importance of the discovery of liquid water on Mars. http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/afternoons/audio/201772535/mars-water-haritina-mogosanu https://www.nasa.gov/press-release/nasa-confirms-evidence-that-liquid-water-flows-on-today-s-mars
Mutant Silurian plankton indicate oceanic anoxia spread and metals poisoning in the sea ... 420 million years ago. Not scifi but real life research pinpointing onset of global extinctions. Listen to radio interview of Professor Kathleen A. Campbell discussing these new research findings on Radio NZ's Checkpoint programme.
"Today, Earth is a little less lonely," Kepler researcher Jon Jenkins said.
According to NASA, the new planet discovered is about 60% bigger than Earth, and is located in its star's habitable zone - the region where life-sustaining liquid water is possible on the surface of a planet. It goes...
In Maori, tahi, rua, toru means one, two, three. So Atu-tahi - One, Taku-rua - Two, Tau-toru - Three, or you can count Sirius (1) / Canopus (2) / Alpha Centauri (3) / Arcturus (4) No matter what you prefer, these stars will be there in the evening of May.
SOFIA, the mighty space telescope, the most wonderful machine ever invented by humankind is back in New Zealand for it's 2015 deployment.
Flying at 13.7 km, SOFIA Looks at the Universe, our Milky Way galaxy, young stars, star-forming regions and supernova remnants in the southern Milky Way, the Magellanic...
New Zealand is solving some of the most captivating mysteries within the universe. One of the many research facilities is nestled within the Mackenzie basin at the Mt. John University Observatory in Lake Tekapo. It is home to some of the largest telescopes found in New Zealand; the largest...
Jacob Haqq-Misra, Ravi Kopparapu, and Eric Wolf attempt to address this question in a recent paper titled "Why do we find ourselves around a yellow star instead of a red star?" and published in International Journal of Astrobiology.
From chemistry to biology to social networks, specific shared principles should guide how information is organized and how it cycles through these stacks. If this theory of common principles can be demonstrated, we would gain a deeper understanding of the flow of information through life.
Radio astronomers working with a radio dish telescope detected something a bit unusual. They were seeing a very fast radio burst, faster and more irregular than any signal in the history of radio astronomy. This radio burst was coming at very short time scales, lasting just a few milliseconds. The signal was irregular, very fast, […]
Please join us if you can Tuesday, May 30th at 10:00 am US Pacific Time (5:00 pm GMT)! "Ask an Astrobiologist" is a live interview with a renowned astrobiologist! This format is interactive and allows participants to ask questions on Twitter & SAGANet! Use #askastrobio to submit your questions before the event! Questions will still […]
The Astrobiology early career scientists conference “The Early History of Planetary systems and habitable planets” will be hosted in Tartu, Estonia. The event will start on the morning of August 8th and finishes in August 10th in the evening. The meeting targets all related aspects of the subject. A broad range of contributions on…Time:August 8, […]
The course "Formation of complex molecules in space and on planets - From interstellar clouds to life" will take place from 17 to 22 July 2017 at the University of Tartu. It aims to give students an overview of the biochemical evolution in the universe from formation of the first molecules in interstellar clouds to […]
.This conference will deal with fundamental issues of planetary habitability, i.e. the environmental conditions capable of sustaining life, and how interactions between the interior of a planet or a moon and its atmosphere and surface (including hydrosphere and biosphere) affect the habitability of the celestial body. It will address some hotly debated questions in the […]
This school will give attendees a thorough introduction into impacts, impactors, and the role of impacts in the evolution of life. Apart from lectures, poster presentations, student-led discussions and excursions to geologically interesting sites several practical exercises including Search for meteorite fragments Microscopy of pollen in order to assess the ecological consequences of… […]