Public lecture on exoplanets and exobiology

Hans Kjeldsen og Kai Finster give a lecture on Sunday 13. August in Auditorium F. Free admission; bring your family. It will be in Danish, but the pictures are beautiful!

2017.08.04 | Ole J. Knudsen

Date Sun 13 Aug
Time 19:00 21:00
Location Aarhus

Trappist 1 system with 7 small planets. Ill.: ESO

Studying Exoplanets

- a challenge to both astronomers and biologists

The idea of planets around other planets has challenged astronomers for centuries, and science-fiction brims over with weird aliens and civilizations in other solar systems. Only in our own Solar System the existence of other planets was definitely known until some 20 years ago when the first exoplanet 51 Pegasi b was confirmed. Now we know of thousands of exoplanets, both ordinary and weird. The Kepler space telescope alone has provided about 5000. Many of them are terrestrial and i the zone where water could be liquid, and this opens the box of speculations on possible life.

Professors of astrophysics Hans Kjeldsen and of astrobiology Kai Finster will lecture on present and coming missions to discover even more exoplanets. The focus will be on the possibilities of discovering life on far away planets and the methods to do so.

Time: 13. August 2017; kl 19.00 – 21.00

Place: Ny Munkegade 116, Auditorium F, Entrance from Matematisk Institut, bldg. 1530

During 14-17 August the European Astrobiology Network Association EANA will meet in Aarhus. Astrophysicists and biologists will meet and discuss conditions for life away from the Earth. The workshop takes place in Audtorium F.

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