Distant planets and the search for life

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Professor Michel Fich speaks to the Royal City Men's Club this Thursday, June 13.  Talk summary:  In the past twenty years our knowledge of solar systems in the Universe has changed dramatically.  We have gone from one solar system (ours!  THE Solar System) to almost 3000 separate solar systems.   These 3000 stars have in total over 8000 planets in orbit around them.  The next question that is most-often asked is:  Is there life on any of these planets?  In this talk I will review how we found all of these planets and what the possibilities are for detecting extraterrestrial life on them and elsewhere.

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