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Astronomical Perspective: The Earth in the Habitable zone - How Habitable?

Dr. Jérémy Leconte has provided me with a video of his dissertation to a UofToronto colloquium on the Earth in the context of the suite of planets discovered as a result of the Kepler mission.  Dr. Leconte is doing a post-doc at the University of Toronto Astronomy and Astrophysics department on the very question of where the Earth is located in the habitable zone and what it takes for a planet to be habitable. The results will surprise you. 

There have been many discoveries in recent years of new planets around nearby stars, many of them within this area we call "The Habitable Zone". This is an area where it is not too hot and not too cold, but really "just right" to support life. It has been called the "Goldilocks zone". Never before in public discussion have we asked the question "Where is the Earth in the Habitable Zone?" Because we are here we have always presumed that the Earth is comfortably well inside the zone that supports life. Time to take a closer look. Please join us for an important first in the discussion on what is no doubt the topic of the century!

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  • Aneez V.

    Yes to RERUN

    August 11, 2014

  • Betty

    Sorry to miss your presentation Dan..I'll be in NYC til next week.

    1 · August 8, 2014

    • Dan K.

      If people want, we could to a rerun for those who missed it.

      August 9, 2014

    • Suresh T F.

      I missed it too and interested in the rerun

      August 11, 2014

  • Victor

    Sorry to miss it too - I was up north. Is the video available via a web link? Here's something fascinating...
    "Ancient alien life might have been incubating on strange exoplanets just 15 million years after the birth of the universe. Although nothing more complex than microbes could have existed back then, the possibility may poke holes in the notion that the universe is fine-tuned for human existence."

    1 · August 9, 2014

    • Neale

      There was no video, and very little of the presentatinn actually dealt with the topic that was posted.

      August 9, 2014

    • Dan K.

      http://epresence.utsc...­ Here is the link to the video. Very little of it deals with climate change, but rather planetary climate dynamics. As I pointed out in the presentation, we must pay attention to what astronomers are saying.

      August 9, 2014

  • Gina

    I am still trying to arrange to attend, but may not be able to in time....thank you for your understanding, and have a wonderful evening ! keep well and smiling, Gina

    August 8, 2014

  • Daniel W.

    Sorry, my work will take me out of town on Friday.

    1 · August 4, 2014

  • Joey G

    This is a topic I find particularly interesting. Unless we've slipped out of a habitable zone by then I'll be there :)

    July 30, 2014

  • Linda T.

    Sorry to miss this one... I'll be in Vancouver

    July 29, 2014

  • Laurie

    I'd love to attend but I'm a "maybe" for the meeting. I return to Toronto close to midnight on Aug 7th.

    July 28, 2014

  • Victor

    Here's a way to get there, i.e. to the planets.
    "Physicist and artist unveil designs for warp-speed spacecraft" It contains a 1 hour talk as well.
    - release date JUN 16, 2014

    June 15, 2014

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