Titled “Astrobiology: The Search for Biosignatures in Our Solar System and Beyond,” the stated purpose was, amongst other things, to “determine the potential for the existence of biosignatures within our Solar System” and “investigate what methods are being used to determine if any of these planets may harbor life.”
Pull up a chair I’ll pour some tea, we’ll shoot the shit ‘bout everything…
That Donnie Darko DVD has been repeating for a week And we know every single word I’ve got an iPod like a pirate ship I’ll sail the seas with 50,000 songs I’ve never heard And all the best of them go "La la la la la la…" "La la la la la la…"
They say that every day is a new beginning But I know I’m not alone when the darkness hits me We dream all day, in black and white And when the sun comes down we learn to live again We waste away, the darkest light And when the sun comes down we learn to love again
Comet ISON, presumed dead after its sun-grazing trip yesterday, may have survived … maybe. Something survived, anyway. This NASA image from the SOHO satellite shows a smaller, diffuse tail reforming on Nov. 29th:
Frankly, comet-watchers are pretty stumped by ISON. That’s ok. Science is messy. Considering that this particular chunk of frozen space stuff has been hanging out in the Oort cloud for a few billion years, we’d be forgiven for not knowing everything about it.
Phil Plait has all your updates and background on the ISON undead-comet saga, and future, at Bad Astronomy.