Hunting exoplanets and life in the Universe

Dato/klokkeslæt

02/04/2019
19:00 - 21:00

Sted
Grenaa Gymnasium, N.P. Josiassensvej 21, Grenaa


Underviser
Natalie Batalha,
professor i astronomi og astrofysik,
University of California

Pris
Gratis

Tilmelding
Ingen

Foredraget livestreames fra Aarhus Universitet (på engelsk)
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NASA recently announced the end of an era. After
nine years of operation, NASA’s Kepler spacecraft
will be retired, but not without making an indelible
imprint on humankind’s understanding of the universe.
Perhaps its greatest legacy is the knowledge that
planets outnumber stars in the galaxy. With over
2,500 planet discoveries and another 2,000 awaiting
confirmation, Kepler revealed a staggering diversity
of worlds turning sci-fi fantasy into scientific reality.
It also changed our collective perspective regarding
the feasibility of finding evidence of life beyond
Earth and catalysed efforts across the globe to
reach that goal.

In this illustrated, nontechnical presentation,
astrophysicistand planet hunter, Dr. Natalie Batalha,
the former project scientist for NASA’s Kepler mission,
will give an overview of Kepler’s remarkable scientific
legacy. She will highlight some of the key discoveries
and share a preview of exciting follow-up missions
in progress and on the drawing board.
With the retirement of Kepler, we pass the baton
and watch in anticipation as a new era of exploration
unfolds.

Professor Natalie Batalha fortæller om udforskningen
af exoplaneter, dvs. planeter som kredser om andre
stjerner end vores egen Sol og om muligheden for liv
på disse exoplaneter. Natalie har været ansat som
Mission Scientist hos NASAs Ames Research Center
og havde ansvaret for at søge efter exoplaneter med
NASAs rumteleskop Kepler. Time Magazine udnævnte
i 2017 Natalie til at være én af de mest indflydelsesrige
personer i verden pga. hendes bidrag til udforskningen
af beboelige exoplaneter. 

Arrangeret i samarbejde med Grenaa Gymnasium og
Science and Technology, Aarhus Universitet

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