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Message 1570777 - Posted: 12 Sep 2014, 1:18:03 UTC

Are aliens hiding on MOONS? Hunting for ET on planets' satellites may be our best chance at first contact, claims expert

Dr David Kipping of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics says our best chance of finding life may be on exomoons
He is working on a mission to study distant moons for signs of habitability using the Kepler telescope, reports All About Space magazine
Moons around extrasolar gas giants could potentially be havens for life
In an upcoming study Dr Kipping and his team will look at hundreds of exoplanets for signs of moons
They will then discern how common different moons are in the Milky Way
And it's hoped that one day habitable exomoons will be found


http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2751823/Is-best-chance-finding-alien-life-MOON-Hunting-ET-satellites-distant-planets-best-bet-contact-claims-expert.html
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Message 1570894 - Posted: 12 Sep 2014, 10:14:49 UTC

AS it's the Daily Mail I will take that with a pinch of salt.

Are aliens hiding on MOONS?

Typical non scientific tabloid headline to grab your attention.

Hunting for ET on planets' satellites may be our best chance at first contact, claims expert

Subjective.

'I’m not going to give the game away, but our aim is to look through at least the 100 or 200 best candidates and once we’ve looked at that many, we can say something in statistical terms about how common or rare big moons are in the universe.'

However, things aren’t entirely straightforward, since the methods used by the HEK team rely on a relatively massive moon capable of influencing its parent planet. 'In terms of sensitivity, the data is good enough for us to detect Earth-like moons or smaller in about half the cases we’re studying,' admits Dr Kipping.

'So after looking at those 200 or so exoplanets we should have a much better idea of how frequently moons form by the kind of giant impact process that created our own moon.' Dr Kipping remains hopeful for the prospect of finding Earth-like exoplanets and their moons: 'I’m still very optimistic we’ll find them in the next year or two.

I'll await the results I think.
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Message 1570962 - Posted: 12 Sep 2014, 14:23:00 UTC - in response to Message 1570894.  
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I hate to always be the nay-saying curmudgeon but let's wait for some results before we repeat unsubstantiated claims and wild speculation which make the SETI effort look like it is populated by a bunch of Buffoons.

Who funds these University studies anyway ?? Probably an un-savvy government bureaucrat.
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Message 1573399 - Posted: 17 Sep 2014, 20:01:56 UTC

First for an intelligent alien to land on a moon that is frozen for eons. If he was intelligent why the hell would he go to uninhabitable moon within sight in the moons sky is a blue planet earth. Nope NO HABLA aint gonna happen because blue world can mean water and this planet radiates radio waves. Even if not understood the signals can be picked up.It means life is there and detectible. Trying to survive on a frozen world is terribly hard and expensive. Just what do you eat?
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Message 1573630 - Posted: 18 Sep 2014, 2:42:19 UTC

Not all moons are frozen. Many gas giant planets have been detected in much smaller orbits than Jupiter. If Jupiter were in an orbit similar to Earth, its moons would probably have surface temperatures very like Earth's. Even where they are, scientists are reasonably certain some have liquid water which might harbor life.

If they can detect such moons about exoplanets, I agree that those would be good candidates for life as we know it.
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Message 1573650 - Posted: 18 Sep 2014, 4:16:24 UTC

Some of you responded as if this was a statement about our moon. If it was then I agree the idea is preposterous. If the statement was about the possibility that there are habitable moons circling large planets around other stars, why not? I think it is possible that a moon can have the right conditions for life as easily as a planet.
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Message 1574884 - Posted: 20 Sep 2014, 5:19:06 UTC - in response to Message 1573650.  

Some of you responded as if this was a statement about our moon. If it was then I agree the idea is preposterous. If the statement was about the possibility that there are habitable moons circling large planets around other stars, why not? I think it is possible that a moon can have the right conditions for life as easily as a planet.


The ideas not new.

Star wars? The Ewoks lived on a moon.

Saw something along the same line of thinking online this week. There are 5 bodies in the solar system that have liquid water. 4 of them are moons. No evidence of life on the moons as yet, but just looking at those odds, it would seem possible that moons exist some place that could support life.

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Message 1592956 - Posted: 27 Oct 2014, 14:20:07 UTC

it would seem possible that moons exist some place that could support life


+1 (Europa has the largest possibility of sustaining alien life of all the moons in our solar system)
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Message 1592993 - Posted: 27 Oct 2014, 16:23:27 UTC
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*warning - buffoon entering thread*

Hello planetlings :) How are you all?

I think it is possible that a moon can have the right conditions for life as easily as a planet.

Me too :)

Evolving on a life-friendly moon around a hideously inhospitable planet might well leave moonlings convinced that looking for planet-based life is an activity reserved for buffoons... although *drift into far away look* they might call them bufflanets I suppose...

When it comes to presenting us with life forms in places we dismissed as uninhabitable, our planet has astonished us many times over, so it's good to see that such preconceptions about viable habitats are being put aside in my view :)

it would seem possible that moons exist some place that could support life.


+1 (Europa has the largest possibility of sustaining alien life of all the moons in our solar system)


+2 (and +1) :)

I say, let's wait and see... and thanks for the thread Lynn... and in the meantime... popcorn anyone? :) *examine closely* ooh... this one looks like a poodle... *munch* a cloud... *munch* ooh a moonling!! *put aside to send to the Daily mail* :)
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Message 1593146 - Posted: 27 Oct 2014, 22:22:01 UTC - in response to Message 1593119.  

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Message 1596938 - Posted: 4 Nov 2014, 12:38:47 UTC

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Message 1596967 - Posted: 4 Nov 2014, 14:35:36 UTC - in response to Message 1592993.  
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*warning - buffoon entering thread*


That would be "buffoonette" LOL-- thinking that you could take some ribbing,

As far as I know the best chance for extant life might be under the Ice on Europa. I would guess that all life exhibits "Intelligence" at some level. Life that is comparable to homo sapiens is another question altogether.

Many of the statements made imply that smart aliens like us are lurking throughout the solar system. I think that it is important to see if life of any kind ( above the level of a virus--say) can be found anywhere else other than Earth, Mars may still be the best place to look for evidence of (extinct?) life.



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Message 1597808 - Posted: 6 Nov 2014, 20:22:24 UTC - in response to Message 1596967.  
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*warning - buffoon entering thread*


That would be "buffoonette" LOL-- thinking that you could take some ribbing,

:)))))) rib away! :)

As far as I know the best chance for extant life might be under the Ice on Europa. I would guess that all life exhibits "Intelligence" at some level. Life that is comparable to homo sapiens is another question altogether.

Things are looking up then! :)
(apologies... some days my nose is at a less erm... lofty... angle when contemplating anniet and her fellow earthlings... today is not one of them :) no offence intended to any setizens though :))

Many of the statements made imply that smart aliens like us are lurking throughout the solar system. I think that it is important to see if life of any kind ( above the level of a virus--say) can be found anywhere else other than Earth,


I'd be happy with a virus.

Not sure that comes across quite how I intended. It would be a start is what I mean...

not a demise or space mumps or anything

Mars may still be the best place to look for evidence of (extinct?) life.

And then after that, one of them moons we've been talking about :)

edit: good comic strips again :)))))))
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Message 1597824 - Posted: 6 Nov 2014, 20:41:01 UTC

Don't encourage him Annie he is bad enough as it is! We still don't know why Gloria got ill on the spaceship ....
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Message 1597828 - Posted: 6 Nov 2014, 20:44:12 UTC - in response to Message 1597824.  

Don't encourage him Annie he is bad enough as it is! We still don't know why Gloria got ill on the spaceship ....


Virus do you think? :)
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Message 1597842 - Posted: 6 Nov 2014, 21:18:51 UTC - in response to Message 1573630.  

No earth like star system is closer than 55 light years,that's 1,350,000 years one way at 30,000 MPH. If you find them so what you couldn't spend a million years in space no matter what. Here is a reality check you spend 1.5 million years to travel to another star in our galaxy. But the Andromeda Galaxy will slam head on into the Milky Way.A billion years later or star will die and consume the earth. Planets stars will be ripped apart and scattered over thousands of light years.We have to go to another stable galaxy close to us Small Magellanic cloud and large Magellanic cloud are closest with stable stars. They are 16000 and 29000 light years away. Millions years of eating lettuce or algae there will be some pissed off astronauts.
We have no time travel, warp drive, or able to endure zero G for more than 300 days. Worm holes still sci-fi yet.
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Message 1597849 - Posted: 6 Nov 2014, 21:29:51 UTC

Don't encourage him Annie he is bad enough as it is! We still don't know why Gloria got ill on the spaceship ....

Virus do you think? :)

Could be, the dogs look a bit peaky, may have passed it on .....
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Message 1599668 - Posted: 11 Nov 2014, 1:03:44 UTC

I thought this was answered a few years ago with that documentary call IRONSKY you know .
Where the big secret was reveled , the NAZI's have built a base and are preparing to attack us with there space Blimps towing meteorites (no nukes yet) .

There got these big tanks filled with helium 3 ....

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