Found by Jason Summers, January
1999. It consists of a glider plus a tagalong.
At the time of its discovery the Canada goose was the smallest known
diagonal spaceship other than the glider, but this record has since
been beaten, first by the second spaceship shown under Orion, and
more recently by quarter.
Game of Life Explanation
The Game of Life is not your typical computer game. It is a cellular
automaton, and was invented by Cambridge mathematician John Conway.
This game became widely known when it was mentioned in an article
published by Scientific American in 1970. It consists of a grid of
cells which, based on a few mathematical rules, can live, die or
multiply. Depending on the initial conditions, the cells form various
patterns throughout the course of the game.
For a space that is populated:
Each cell with one or no neighbors dies, as if by solitude.
Each cell with four or more neighbors dies, as if by