Hunting exoplanets and life in the Universe

Lecturer: professor of astronomy and astrophysics, Natalie Batalha, Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics, University of California, Santa Cruz, USA. Node leader at Stellar Astrophysics Centre, Aarhus University  
Language: English
Entry fee: free 

Lava Worlds to Living Worlds: how a NASA mission sparked the search for life beyond the Solar System

The lecture is taught in English/Foredraget afholdes på engelsk.

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, astrophysicist and 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. 

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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. Foredraget afholdes på engelsk.

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. Foredraget afholdes på engelsk. (Klik for større billede)