David Tennant is to quit as Doctor Who at the end of next year.
Tennant took up the role as the tenth incarnation of the Doctor in 2005, and will end his tenure after filming five final episodes, the last of which will be shown early in 2010.
Posted in Movies & TV October 29th, 2008 by Gandalara
Astronomers have discovered a solar system around a star that’s close enough to Earth to be seen with the naked eye. At least one and possibly three planets are orbiting Epsilon Eridani, the ninth-closest star to our own.
It’s much, much younger than our own system–only around 850 million years old–giving researchers a glimpse of what our system might have looked like at the same age. Since it’s speculated that life on Earth took root somewhere around the same time frame, this is particularly exciting.
In addition to the big gas giant they’re sure about, there are a couple of suspicious gaps in the asteroid swath surrounding the sun which indicate where other Jupiter-sized planets might be lurking. Even more interesting is that the area nearest the star is clear of debris, similar to our own system, so there might be smaller rocky (Earthlike!) planets in there that are too small for us to see yet.
I vote that we start broadcasting a constant stream of carefully-encrypted gibberish in that direction. Eventually sentient life will evolve there, reach out into the universe questing for signs of alien intelligence, and then we’ll totally mess with their heads.
Posted in News, Space October 29th, 2008 by Chip