Astronomy Lecture - Search for Life Outside the Solar System

Is there life on other planets? How would we know? Join our virtual lecture to learn about life elsewhere in the Universe!

Title: Exoplanet Biosignatures: The Search for Life Outside the Solar System

Speaker: Prof. Edward Schwieterman (UCR Earth and Planetary Sciences)

Abstract: Are we alone or is the universe teeming with life? The search for life beyond the Solar System is one of the most compelling—and ambitious—efforts humanity has ever undertaken. Thousands of exoplanets, planets outside our Solar System, are currently known, and some of them may possess the right conditions for life. However, we will not be able to visit any of these worlds for the foreseeable future. How then will we be able to remotely determine the presence or absence of life over the immense gulf of interstellar space? Join Prof. Edward Schwieterman to learn about the science of exoplanet biosignatures, the future missions and observatories that may detect these biosignatures, and how studying the Earth today and in the deep geologic past will aid us in the search for life beyond our own planet.

This virtual lecture is free and recommended for the general public and students above 6th grade.

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Please register at https://bit.ly/UCR_2021Aug26. The event URL can be found at the bottom of the EventBrite registration confirmation email.

Thursday, August 26 at 6:30pm to 7:30pm

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