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PSW#2336: Are We Alone in the Universe?

Are We Alone in the Universe? - For the first time we may have it within our grasp to answer this ancient question

In its 24 years of operations, the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) has been transforming our view of the Universe.  HST is today in one of its most productive phases, and this talk will review some recent results from HST, and how a subset of these, in combination with NASA’s Kepler mission can be used to quantify key components of the famous Drake Equation, used to describe the probability of life in the Universe. I will show how this can be further constrained using observations expected from James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) and the foundations for a space mission beyond JWST that could determine within two decades whether we are alone in the Universe.

Matt Mountain
Director, Space Telescope Science Institute
Baltimore, MD

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  • Chad

    Excellent lecture, I was blown away by it. Very well done :)

    1 · October 11, 2014

  • Julia S.

    Can anyone park at the Cosmos club parking lot?

    October 10, 2014

    • PSW S.

      Parking at the Cosmos Club is only available for those persons who are either members of the Cosmos Club or PSW members who attend the speaker dinners. Most of
      the other attendees take the Metro or park on a nearby street. There are
      also several garages nearby, but if you use one, you will want to make
      sure that it is open until after the lecture ends, which is usually around
      9:45 to 10 pm.

      1 · October 10, 2014

    • Julia S.

      Awesome, thanks!

      October 10, 2014

  • Laura

    Metro accessible? My mom has my car today.

    October 10, 2014

    • PSW S.

      Yes -- Take the Red Line to Dupont Circle, exit on Q Street, walk 2 blocks west.

      October 10, 2014

  • Robert

    Please note that the title has changed, but the general focus is still the same.

    September 8, 2014

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