The Western Lines

September 6, 2010

Carl Sagan’s Cosmos- Encyclopedia Galactica

Today on Discovery Enterprise we present the twelfth episode of Carl Sagan’s highly acclaimed PBS documentary series – Cosmos: Encyclopedia Galactica.

Are there alien intelligences elsewhere in the Cosmos? How could we communicate with them? Are UFOs really extraterrestrial starships visiting our world? The answers to these questions take us to Egypt and an account of how Jean-François Champollion decoded the ancient hieroglyphics and to the largest radio telescope on Earth and to search for other civilizations in space.

With Dr. Sagan we investigate such questions as: “What is the life span of a technological civilization?” and “Will we one day hook up with a network of civilizations in the Milky Way galaxy and download the – Encyclopedia Galactica?

Carl Sagan’s Cosmos- Encyclopedia Galactica

August 29, 2010

Origins – Where Are All the Aliens?

Filed under: Alex Michael Bonnici,Astrobiology,Neil deGrasse Tyson,NOVA,Origins,PBS,SETI — ralphbuttigieg @ 7:05 am

Today on Discovery Enterprise we present the third episode of the highly acclaimed PBS documentary series “Origins” hosted and presented by astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson.

The third installment of this series is entitled “Where are all the Aliens?” and focuses on the possibility of life elsewhere in the Universe.

Is the Earth unique and the only world in this vast Cosmos where matter has evolved into life and self awareness?

Origins is a spectacular four-part miniseries, first presented on PBS’s Nova, about the beginnings of the universe, our solar system, life on Earth, and the possibility of extraterrestrial life on other planets.

Origins Part 3 – Where Are All the Aliens?

July 17, 2010

Are we alone in the Cosmos?

Today on Discovery Enterprise we present the sixth episode of “Through the Wormhole” hosted by veteran actor Morgan Freeman.

Today’s instalment of “Through the Wormhole” explores the question – Are we alone?

Aliens almost certainly do exist. So why haven’t we yet met E.T.? It turns out we’re only just developing instruments powerful enough to scan for them, and science sophisticated enough to know where to look. As a result, race is on to find the first intelligent aliens. But what would they look like, and how would they interact with us if we met? The answers may come to us sooner than we imagine, for one leading astronomer believes she may already have heard a hint of their first efforts to communicate.

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Through The Wormhole – Are we Alone?

July 8, 2010

Are Aliens a Threat?

Are Aliens a Threat? Could space aliens be out to get us? Stephen Hawking thinks so and he tells Larry and YOU why! And, what he thinks an alien would look like! If extraterrestrials could be a danger to us, as Hawking suggests, should we stop trying to contact them? Dan Aykroyd and others. debate!

View the entire Broadcast that appeared recently on Larry King Live on April 30. 2010. And, please express your views in our forums section.

Larry King Live: Are Aliens a threat?

June 11, 2010

SETI: The Great Debate – Are We Alone?

Filed under: Alex Michael Bonnici,Astrobiology,Dan Werthimer,Geoff Marcy,SETI — ralphbuttigieg @ 7:05 am

Today on Discovery Enterprise we present a grand debate between SETI@Home founder Dan Werthimer and planet-hunter and skeptic, Geoff Marcy concerning whether or not sentience and technological civilizations are prevalent in the Milky Way Galaxy and the rest of the Cosmos.

Science Fiction portrays our Milky Way Galaxy as teeming with advanced civilizations engaged in interstellar communication, commerce, and occasionally star wars. If so, great Galactic societies anticipate offering membership to Earth.

Back in our real universe, extraterrestrial life has proved elusive. None has been found. The arguments for and against technological life in the Galaxy have sharpened in recent years. Evidence abounds on Earth of the hardiness of life even in extremely harsh environments. Other evidence suggests the Earth may be a rare type of planet, unusually benign for life as we know it. Evidence on both sides is mounting. Which one is right? There can be only one answer: Either the Milky Way is teeming with technological life or it isn’t.

SETI: The Great Debate – Are We Alone?

Apr 30, 2010 7:30 pm Sibley Auditorium, Bechtel Engineering Center UC Berkeley Berkeley, CA 94720

May 30, 2010

The Cosmos: A Beginners Guide – Life in the Cosmos

Today on Discovery Enterprise we present the first installment of the popular documentary series – The Cosmos: A Beginners Guide and explore the exciting possibility of life elsewhere in our vast and ancient Cosmos.

This series is the story of everything – from the first microseconds of our universe’s beginning to the exciting future of first contact and homes beyond our Earth. Join Adam Hart-Davis, Janet Sumner and Maggie Aderin for a journey around the planet to discover the latest thinking about the Cosmos.

In the first episode of this series Adam Hart-Davis presents this episode from the Allan Telescope Array (ATA), an impressive group of telescopes in the Mountains of Northern California. It’s at the cutting edge in the search for intelligent life. Adam teams up with Dr Seth Shostack (SETI Institute), an alien hunter with twenty years’ experience under his belt. We find out why the ATA is the most powerful telescope ever built – and learn about future plans for the hugely powerful Square Kilometre Array.
The Cosmos: A Beginners Guide – Life in the Cosmos

May 6, 2010

The Expanding Universe- Search for Other Life Forms

Filed under: Alex Michael Bonnici,Astrobiology,SETI,The Expanding Universe — ralphbuttigieg @ 7:05 am

Humankind has wondered since time immemorial whether or not there are other intelligent beings living elsewhere in the Universe. Only within the last century or so has the technology come into existence that would allow for a serious scientific search for such extraterrestrials. These documentary details some discoveries that have been made that might suggest the possibility of extraterrestrial life, as well as the continuing efforts by scientists to make new discoveries along those lines. “Searching For Other Life Forms” looks at the legitimate scientific attempts to find evidence of intelligent life beyond our own.

A grand overview of the universe and how it may evolve in the new millennium, this documentary reflects the vibrancy of young astronomers at the cutting edge of science. Watch as they scour the solar system and beyond for clues that will tell us not only where we’ve been, but perhaps where we’re going. Via state-of-the art 3D graphics, the movie animates sequences from the structures of the Big Bang to the anatomy of the sun.

The Expanding Universe – Search For Other Life Forms

May 4, 2010

James Webb Space Telescope: Finding Earth-like Planets

On April 24th, 2010 we joined the Astronomical Community in celebrating the twentieth anniversary of the launching of the most amazing scientific instrument ever conceived – The Hubble Space Telescope. Today on Discovery Enterprise we join the world in breathless anticipation of the many exciting discoveries that lay ahead when the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) is fully deployed in 2014.

The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) is a large, infrared-optimized space telescope, scheduled for launch in 2014. JWST will find the first galaxies that formed in the early Universe, connecting the Big Bang to our own Milky Way Galaxy. JWST will peer through dusty clouds to see stars forming planetary systems, connecting the Milky Way to our own Solar System. JWST’s instruments will be designed to work primarily in the infrared range of the electromagnetic spectrum, with some capability in the visible range.

JWST will have a large mirror, 6.5 meters (21.3 feet) in diameter and a sunshield the size of a tennis court. Both the mirror and sunshade won’t fit onto the rocket fully open, so both will fold up and open once JWST is in outer space. JWST will reside in an orbit about 1.5 million km (1 million miles) from the Earth.
From this lofty vantage point the JWST will provide the capability to search for the biomarkers of earth-like worlds.

James Webb Space Telescope: Finding Earth-like Planets

April 29, 2010

Into The Universe with Stephen Hawking – Aliens

Today on Discovery Enterprise we are proud to present Stephen Hawking’s new television series “Into the Universe”.

Into The Universe with Stephen Hawking is an epic new kind of cosmology series, a “Planet Earth” of the heavens. It takes the world’s most famous scientific mind and sets it free, powered by the limitless possibilities of computer animation. Hawking gives us the ultimate guide to the universe, a ripping yarn based on real science, spanning the whole of space and time — from the nature of the universe itself, to the chances of alien life, and the real possibility of time travel.

The first episode of this new documentary series explores the possibility of alien life elsewhere in universe. Aliens premiered on Sunday April 25, 2010.

Hawking joins science and imagination to explore one of the most important conundrums facing humankind — are we alone in the Universe?

In the premier of this exciting new series Stephen Hawking explores the possibility of alien life in the Cosmos, the prospect of other sentient beings in the Milky Way Galaxy, and the likelihood of a future “first contact” between humanity and another extraterrestrial civilization.

It is interesting to note that in this first installment of the series most of the discussions on alien life are not about its invasion tendencies. Once again the media has picked up on the most sensationalistic aspects of a story and ran with it.

So join us today on Discovery Enterprise as we accompany Dr. Hawking on an odyssey in search of life elsewhere in the Cosmos. Traveling from the moons of Jupiter and to a galaxy maybe not so far, far away, he will introduce us to possible alien life forms, in stunning CGI, that face the same universal trials of adaptation and survival as life on Earth.

Into The Universe with Stephen Hawking – Aliens

April 21, 2010

Horizon – We Are the Aliens

Today on Discovery Enterprise we look at the exciting possibility that terrestrial life may have had an extraterrestrial origin and that the Earth in its infancy was seeded by microbes from outer space through a process known as Panspermia.

Clouds of alien life forms are sweeping through outer space and infecting planets with life – it may not be as far-fetched as it sounds and may explain the origin of life on Earth if not the origin of life itself.

The idea that life on Earth came from another planet has been around as a modern scientific theory since the 1960s when it was proposed by Fred Hoyle and Chandra Wickramasinghe. At the time they were ridiculed for their idea – known as panspermia. But now, with growing evidence, it’s back in vogue and even being studied by NASA. Yet, this hypothesis does not answer the question of how abiogenesis itself occurred. How did life itself come into being from inanimate matter?

In today’s feature BBC Horizon documentary we meet the scientists on a mission to get to the bottom of the beginnings of life on Earth – from the team in Texas who are lovingly building a robotic submarine called DEPTHX to explore a moon of Jupiter, to Southern India where they are investigating a mysterious red rain which fell for two months in 2001. According to local scientist Godfrey Louis, the rain contains biological cells unlike any he had seen before – with no DNA and the ability to replicate at 300°C. Louis has come to the conclusion that the cells are extra-terrestrial in origin.

Could all this really be proof that – We are the aliens?

Horizon – We Are The Aliens (2006)

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