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How Common is Life in the Universe

2 March, 2016 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Free

The discovery of exoplanets and of Earth twins will be described, with a review of attempts to estimate the probability of finding life in the universe – for example how many stars do we need to survey to find suitable planets? How much time is needed to generate life?

The FERMI paradox: where are the aliens? will be considered including water and oxygen as essential components of life, and searches for the signatures of life on distant planets. Chlorophyll could be a signature of plant life as pollution such as smog can be a signature of intelligent life.

Is searching for electronic signals from remote civilizations a futile activity? As advanced civilizations exhaust their planetary energy resources, how might one tackle a future energy crisis?

Join Professor Joseph Silk in discussing extraterrestrial life.

Details

Date:
2 March, 2016
Time:
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Cost:
Free
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Website:
http://www.gresham.ac.uk/lectures-and-events/how-common-is-life-in-the-universe

Organizer

Gresham College
Phone:
+44 (0)20 7831 0575
Website:
http://www.gresham.ac.uk/

Venue

Museum of London
50 London Wall
London , EC2Y 5HN United Kingdom
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Phone:
020 7001 9844
Website:
www.museumoflondon.org.uk