Enceladus Flyby 28 Oct 2015

On 28 October 2015 the space probe Cassini, which has been orbiting Saturn for the last 10 years, will pass within 50 km of the surface of Saturn's moon Enceladus. This is an extremely close approach by an interplanetary spacecraft (by comparison the New Horizons mission only got as close as 12,500 km above the surface of Pluto) and… Continue reading Enceladus Flyby 28 Oct 2015

Is There Anyone Out There? updated post

Thank you to everyone who has downloaded my books. One recent commenter pointed out that the links in the post point to the Amazon UK website and it was unclear how someone based outside the UK would download the books. I have therefore updated the post to make it easier for readers outside the UK to… Continue reading Is There Anyone Out There? updated post

Is There Anyone Out There ? e-book from the The Science Geek

I have written a short e-book on the likelihood of there being extraterrestrial intelligent life and how humans have tried to find that life and make contact with it.  It is based on a number of posts from my blog. The book is available to download from Amazon in Kindle format by clicking here. The book will be… Continue reading Is There Anyone Out There ? e-book from the The Science Geek

New Horizons

On 14 July 2015 the New Horizons Spacecraft will fly past the dwarf planet Pluto which lies on the edge of our Solar System. This is the culmination of a nine and half year voyage which started when it was launched in back in January 2006. Artist's Impression of New Horizons passing Pluto - Image… Continue reading New Horizons

Artefacts From Earth

This is the final post in a series about human efforts to contact extraterrestrials.  Today I want to discuss the objects which have already been sent out into interstellar space in the hope that at some point in the distant future an alien civilisation will retrieve and decipher them. The Pioneer Plaque On 3 March 1972 Pioneer… Continue reading Artefacts From Earth

This is Earth Calling

Sending Messages to be picked up by alien civilisations is called METI (Messaging to Extraterrestial Intelligence) and is an activity which has taken place with increasing frequency over the past few decades. Advocates of METI argue that in addition to searching for extraterrestrial signals we can increase our chances of making contact with aliens by sending messages to stars which… Continue reading This is Earth Calling

SETI

As I discussed in my last post, the search for signs of extraterrestrial life has caught the interest of many people for a very long time, and the specific search for signals from other life forms has been a particular source of fascination over the last 50 years. In the 1997 movie Contact Jodie Foster's… Continue reading SETI