Published September 20, 2011
Alien life , Astrobiology , Astronomy , Biology , Geology , Life in our Solar System , Panspermia , Physics , Sci-Fi , Videos
Tags: Astrobiology, Giovanni Schiaparelli, Life on Mars, Mars, Percival Lowell, Red Planet, Solar System
In this series of posts I’ve looked at planetary bodies in our Solar System that could support life, from the moons of Saturn and Jupiter, to the cloud layers of Jupiter itself, to the ephemeral-once-jungles of Venus, I’ve even looked at Earth itself.
Now one of my favourites, Mars, the Red Planet.
Continue reading ‘Life in our Solar System – Mars’
Panspermia huh? Sounds a bit unsavoury doesn’t it? Suspiciously like something you’d find on the internet; not on a science blog.
It’s actually the idea that life on Earth could have come from elsewhere in our galaxy, that life may have travelled through space originating from a different planet, and when it reached ours it flourished and evolved into all the different forms we see today. So we may actually all be aliens. Great idea huh? Pretty awful name though.
Sperm actually means ‘seed’ and pan means ‘all’ so panspermia means all-seed, OK that doesn’t really help, I’m not sure who first coined the term but they certainly didn’t have a flair for marketing. Anyway, how likely actually is it?
In this first post I’ll examine the ‘traditional view’ of panspermia, including some evidence, and in the next post I’ll look at some more extreme versions of panspermia, such as the idea that intelligent aliens deliberately seeded the galaxy with life.
The inspiration for these posts came from commenter hartm242 who gave me the idea of writing about panspermia in the requests section of this blog. You should definitely check out his excellent blog too, it’s about exploring alternative forms of life on planets unlike our own, and he’s created a hypothetical alien planet with its own biosphere.
Continue reading ‘Panspermia: did life on Earth come from space? – Part 1’
Published January 28, 2011
Alien life , Astrobiology , Biology , Evolution , Palaeontology
Tags: Alien life, Drake equation, Evolution, Extraterrestrial life, Fermi Paradox, History of Life, Life on Earth, Life on Mars, Permian–Triassic extinction event
In three previous posts (part 1, part 2 & part 3) I summarized the key highlights of the history of life on Earth, beginning with the Earth’s creation (hint, not by God), and ending with humans’ inventing the radio. I described the most important events, but I didn’t spend any time looking at their implications, particularly what this means for the search for alien life.
What can the history of life on Earth can tell us life on other planets?
Continue reading ‘Why the Universe may be full of life, but not intelligent life’