Astronomy Beyond 2009
The Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence: Are we alone? Is ours a unique planet or are there many other Earths orbiting other stars? Launched successfully on March 6, 2009, Kepler (Planetquest), a NASA Discovery mission will help scientists determine just how many Earthlike planets may exist in our galactic neighborhood.
New research indicates that Earth-like planets may be fairly common in the universe. The research implies that the forces that made the Earth and our inner solar system have not only occurred in this particular system, but probably around other stars as well.
These findings suggest that Earth-like planets may not be such a rarity after all. One exciting implication of this study is that if Earth-like planets are fairly common in the universe—the odds of there being similar to our own are greatly increased. . .. Exoplanets Exploration
The Astronomy Month
Global Astronomy Month (GAM 2010) is Astronomers Without Border’s response. New ideas, new opportunities and more participation. Connecting people around the world in these events will create an even greater sense of sharing, just as in AWB’s motto and the slogan for GAM – One People, One Sky.
The global outreach community's enthusiasm and innovation was critical in making 100 Hours of Astronomy successful, and GAM will continue to bring together all that tens of thousands of enthusiasts worldwide have to offer. Global Astronomy Month (GAM2010) - Trailer
Though astronomers have been studying stars for thousands of years, it is only in the past 30 or so years that they have been able to employ instruments that detect light across the entire electromagnetic spectrum—from radio waves to gamma rays—to peer into the dusty clouds where stars are born in our own Galaxy. If we are to comprehend how the Universe makes stars – and planets that orbit them today ... Resources