VLT detects convincing signs of life – on Earth

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European Southern Observatory data from the Very Large Telescope have enabled astronomers to say with confidence that they can detect signs of life on Earth using spectropolarimetry of earthshine: light from the Earth's atmosphere reflected from the Moon. This is an important step towards detecting life on exoplanets.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-4004.2012.53204_10.x

Publication date: April 1, 2012

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