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“you were not made to live like brutes but to be followers of worth and knowledge” those were Ulysses thought while facing the unknown. Discovering faraway lands has always been a mean to feed humans curiosity. What if the challenge gets reals and these lands are so far you could only reach them with a spaceship? What if these places outside our Galaxy are swarming with life?
Planets around distant stars
Dr Monika Lendl (Assistant Professor in Astrophysics)
Our home, the Solar System is made up of eight planets, all orbiting the Sun. Still, the Sun is only one among billions of stars in the Milky Way Galaxy. Scientists always speculated about the existence of planets beyond our System. While the first planet outside the Solar System is not older than a Gen-Z (1995) today we count over 5000 known exoplanets. Prof Monika will describe how we discover them, and share the most important lessons they have taught us about our universe.
Looking for life on other planets
Dr Émeline Bolmont (Professor of Astrophysics)
A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away … well, actually nowadays and just around our galaxy Prof Emeline is searching for life on other planets. With satellites probing the atmospheres of they detect the signature of molecules on top of temperate exoplanets. On the other hand, finding life is very challenging. It means detecting (bio)signatures which are univocal produced by life processes. In this talk we’ll discuss about the concept of the habitable zone, the planets in this zone and the challenges of finding bio-signatures.
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