SETI Institute Distinguished Speaker

Geoff Marcy, Professor of Astronomy, UC Berkely

"Hunting for Other Earths and Intelligent Life in the Universe"

7:00 pm, SETI HQ at 189 Bernardo Ave, Mountain View

"Science fiction portrays our Milky Way Galaxy as filled with habitable planets populated by advanced civilizations engaged in interstellar trade and conflict. Back in our real universe, Earth-like planets and alien life have proved elusive. Has science fiction led us astray? NASA has launched a space-borne telescope, Kepler, dedicated to discovering the first Earth-like worlds around other stars. The first results are startling and profound. How common are worlds that are suitable for life? What properties make a planet livable? Can we estimate the occurrence of life in the universe, especially intelligent life? New telescopic and biological observations are providing the first answers to these questions. And new techniques are emerging to provide those answers."

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  • Shirley

    Great!

    August 25, 2011

  • Donald A.

    Geoff is a great and very engaging speaker. Be sure to have him back every year as the data improves so we start to see planets similar to earth size (~density) and ~orbits - perhaps 2-3 years from now to know with reasonable certainty. Great work so far Kepler team and Seti.

    August 25, 2011

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