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Lecture: Discovering exoplanets, in the quest for Universal Life

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19:30 25 Sep 2018
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University of Birmingham, Poynting Physics Building, Second floor, Large Lecture Theatre, Edgbaston, Birmingham, United Kingdom, B15 2TT

Discovering exoplanets, in the Quest for Universal Life

Dr Amaury Triaud, University of Birmingham

 

We are now ever closer to gathering scientific evidence that an extra-terrestrial biology exists. Dr Triaud will relate the status of the search for Earth-size planets outside our Solar system particularly looking at the steps and the reasoning behind searching for such planets around the smallest stars of our Milky Way, choices that led to the discovery of the TRAPPIST-1 planetary system and its seven Earth-size planets. Thanks to its optimal properties, we will soon begin the remote exploration of the alien climates of the TRAPPIST-1 planets, measure the chemical composition of their far-removed atmospheres and start seeking evidence on whether biology has arisen beyond our Solar system.

Organised by: IoP West Midlands Branch

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University of Birmingham, Poynting Physics Building, Second floor, Large Lecture Theatre, Edgbaston, Birmingham, United Kingdom, B15 2TT
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