McGill Alert / Alerte de McGill

Updated: Fri, 07/12/2024 - 12:16

McGill Alert. The downtown campus will remain partially closed through the evening of Monday, July 15. See the Campus Safety site for details.

Alerte de McGill. Le campus du centre-ville restera partiellement fermé jusqu’au lundi 15 juillet, en soirée. Complément d’information : Direction de la protection et de la prévention

Event

The Search for Earth 2.0, 8:00

Sunday, August 9, 2015 08:00to09:00

Are we alone? Searching for life out there

How did life originate and are we alone? Perhaps the two most intriguing questions that have puzzled mankind since the dawn of civilization. Countless science fiction stories and movies speak to our infatuation with the possibility of intelligent alien life, but so far such accounts remain firmly in the realm of science fiction. But for how long? Star Trek may have been science fiction, but real science stands ready to take up the challenge to “explore strange new worlds, and to boldly go where no man has gone before.” Our expert speakers will fascinate us with research that is simply out of this world.


Episode 2: The Search for Earth 2.0

Sara Seager has been called an "astronomical Indiana Jones". She is a planetary scientist and astrophysicist. Astronomers have now ascertained, statistically speaking, that every star in our Milky Way Galaxy should have at least one planet. Our own Galaxy has 100 billion stars, and our Universe has upwards of 100 billion galaxies making the chance for life elsewhere seem inevitable based on sheer probability. Professor Seager will describe the science and technology behind the search for Earth 2.0.

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