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The Fast Track to Find an Inhabited Exoplanet

Are there inhabited worlds other than our own? Although humans have pondered this

for generations, this is the first time that we have the technological

ability to answer it. In the past year astronomers have found the first

Earth-sized worlds orbiting other Suns, and the first exoplanets with the

right temperature for liquid water. If we can study the atmospheres of such planets, 

we can search for the telltale molecular fingerprints of life.

 

David Charbonneau is a professor of astronomy at Harvard University.  He

led the first studies of the compositions of exoplanets and of their

atmospheres, and he is a member of the NASA Kepler Mission to find

Earth-like planets. Dr. Charbonneau has received numerous awards for his

research, including the NASA Medal for Exceptional Scientific Achievement,

and he was named Scientist of the Year by Discovery Magazine.

 


Tuesday, October 02, 2012 at 6:00 PM
Adler Planetarium
1300 South Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60605
Website: astro.uchicago.edu/brinson/2012/
E-Mail: rthornton@adlerplanetarium.org
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