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Virtual Speaker Series - Across the Universe -- The Search for Life


Tue 10 / 26 / 2021
1:00 PM to 2:00 PM

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Across the Universe -- The Search for Life

Speaker: Michael Hamburg

There’s been a lot of recent press coverage of Unidentified Aerial Phenomena (aka UFOs). Is anyone out there?

Today, we know that the Universe has no center and we are well into the exploration of the many extrasolar planets that have been discovered since 1992.  In fact, almost 5,000 planets have been confirmed with more awaiting verification.  And yet... still no signs of life!  Discovering extraterrestrial life would certainly alter how we view ourselves and our place in the Universe.

Beginning with a look at the only planet where we know life to exist, this presentation will examine the latest efforts and technologies dedicated to the search for life elsewhere in the Universe. Questions are most welcome but no final answer is promised!

Michael Hamburg is a former supervisor and mentor to undergraduate and graduate students preparing to teach science at the secondary level and is a docent at the American Museum of Natural History and frequent lecturer on astronomy for Quest Learning Community.  He designed, built, and operates an astronomical observatory in Western Massachusetts where he conducts public star parties for various groups and engages in astrophotography.  Michael is the author of Astronomy Made Simple.

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