[ExI] Alien Planet's Missing Methane Stumps Scientists
swestrup at gmail.com
Sat Sep 18 23:26:28 UTC 2010
On Sat, Sep 18, 2010 at 4:15 PM, spike <spike66 at att.net> wrote:
>> > Okay. Totally off the wall speculation: ET harvested the methane and
>> > that's why it's missing. :)
>> > Of course, my guess is the cause is that the model used to predict
>> > abundance is wrong. Or there's some observational error.
>> I vote for alien chemistry. What we don't know about
>> chemistry under non-terrestrial conditions is huge... Stirling Westrup
> I am intrigued with the notion that some extremophile might have evolved
> there and devoured the methane.
> Wouldn't it be wicked cool if that's what is going on?
Sure, that would be one of my preferred causes (probably second only
to an alien intelligence actively harvesting the methane for some
purpose), but I wouldn't bet on it. I do think life is likely to be
abundant in the universe, but I doubt its so abundant that we'd find
evidence for it so soon in our exoplanet studies.
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