David Charbonneau: How to Find an Inhabited Exoplanet
Over the past two decades, astronomers have discovered thousands of planet candidates around other stars. The recent announcement of an Earth-mass planet in the habitable zone of Proxima Centauri, the nearest star to our solar system, highlights the fact that these other solar systems are common. Watch as one of the pioneering scientists in the field of exoplanet detection and characterizations shares the details of this exciting research. GTCC’s Cline Observatory and the GTCC Foundation present the 2016 Jo Cline Astronomy Lecture, “How to Find an Inhabited Exoplanet,” by Dr. David Charbonneau. The NASA Kepler Mission taught us that Earth-sized planets are a commonplace throughout the Galaxy. But did life take root on any of these distant worlds? Using upcoming large telescopes, astronomers will search the atmospheres of Earth-like planets for the telltale chemical fingerprints of life. For more information about Charbonneau and his projects, visit: https://www.cfa.harvard.edu/~dcharbon/Site/Welcome.html.
9/23/2016 11:25:00 PM

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