Does anybody else think it’s interesting that, in December 2008, Dr. Ragbir Bhathal detected an unnatural “laserlike” signal coming from Gliese 581e, then today we learn about Gliese 581g an earth-like planet that almost certainly supports life?
"Sept. 29, 2010 -- Gliese 581g is the first world discovered beyond Earth that's the right size and location for life. The new world orbits right in the middle of that system's habitable region, where temperatures would be suitable for liquid water to pool on the planet's surface."
- A new planet that’s the right size and location for life has been discovered 20 light-years away.
- The newly discovered world exists in a solar system very similar to our own but much smaller.
- Current technologies won’t allow scientists to study the planet’s atmosphere for chemical signs of life.
Jan 29, 2010: RAGBIR BHATHAL: AUSSIE ALIEN HUNTER. "Just about a year ago Ragbir Bhathal was scanning the night sky for alien activity, just as he does every night. Except on this December eve Ragbir Bhathal found a strong, regular, repeating signal. Unless the whole thing stemmed from a huge glitch occurring simultaneously in all his million-dollar lab equipment, there stands a strong chance that Ragbir found a message sent by some intelligent, alien race. Unlike most of the tin-foil hat wearing whackadoos in his field, Dr. Bhathal is a hard scientist working with university money to find extraterrestrials. In fact, he teaches the only Search for ExtraTerrestrial Life class offered in all of Australia. His hard-nosed approach perhaps explains why you’ve yet to hear this big news: Before he can broadcast his findings to the world, Bhathal must put them through rigorous examination. First, he needs to make sure it wasn’t caused by a glitch or some random, weird space phenomenon. After that, he’ll will need his findings peer-reviewed. Both steps require finding the signal again, which has taken nearly a year already. As proprietor of OZSETI, Dr. Bhathal combs the universe in search of light signals, not radio transmission. See, FM and AM can only travel so far, barely the distance between galaxies, before their signal’s lost in the noisiness of space. Light, on the other hand, travels far, fast, and without getting jumbled on the way to its destination. It was, in part, his interest in light-based contact that made Arthur C. Clarke put Ragbir on his shortlist of researchers who actually stand a chance of contacting alien life." via VBS.TV
"A team of astronomers from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and the Carnegie Institution of Washington, have discovered a new planet that is orbiting a nearby star within a zone that is called Goldilocks zone. Comparing the Gliese 581 to Our Solar System The orbits of planets in the Gliese 581 system are compared to those of our own solar system. The Gliese 581 star has about 30% the mass of our sun, and the outermost planet is closer to its star than we are to the sun. The fourth planet, G, is a planet that could sustain life. Image Credit: National Science Foundation/Zina Deretsky" via Damego.com
Gliese 581g is the first world discovered beyond Earth that’s the right size and location for life. “Personally, given the ubiquity and propensity of life to flourish wherever it can, I would say that the chances for life on this planet are 100 percent. I have almost no doubt about it,” Steven Vogt, professor of astronomy and astrophysics at University of California Santa Cruz, told Discovery News.