The Science Awakens

If you happened to see our Star Wars themed Dec. 10 issue you might have spotted a science article on the growing number of exoplanets that have been discovered lately through the Kepler Space Telescope and other astronomical tools at our disposal.

While planets apparently abound in our galaxy, we’ve yet to find any evidence of extra-terrestrial life. That was another subject tackled in the article. Among many scientists, the expectation is that life almost certainly exists elsewhere — perhaps even in our own solar system.

If you want to learn more, read the article and/or check out this event that the Saskatchewan Science Centre is holding as part of its Adult Science Night series. It’s got an exoplanets/ET theme as well. It goes Thursday Dec. 17 at 7 p.m., and the cost is $10.

For a bit more background on the Kepler mission, here’s a short video from NASA

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Author: Gregory Beatty

Greg Beatty is a crime-fighting shapeshifter who hatched from a mutagenic egg many decades ago. He likes sunny days, puppies and antique shoes. His favourite colour is not visible to your inferior human eyes. He refuses to write a bio for this website and if that means Whitworth writes one for him, so be it.