VIRTUAL Mtg & Talk: “Finding Life on Other Worlds”
August 20, 2020 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
We are holding a VIRTUAL “Macomb” meeting this month due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
7 PM: Tech check and warmup (Webex only)
7:30 PM: YouTube goes live / Introductions
7:35 PM: In the News, In the Sky
7:50 PM: Officers’ reports, Special Interest Groups
8:00 PM: Observing Reports, Ask an Astronomy Question
8:15 PM: Break, informal discussion
8:30 PM: Feature talk
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Main talk: Are we alone or do we share our solar system and galaxy with other forms of life? And how widespread are advanced civilizations with whom we could communicate? Robert will explore ways of answering these questions: launching robotic spacecraft to explore our solar system, detecting chemical biosignatures in exoplanet atmospheres, and employing various techniques for picking up signatures of advanced civilizations.
Robert has recently published a pair of articles exploring these topics in Astronomy Magazine: the cover story of the September 2020 print issue (if you don’t currently subscribe, it’s available on newsstands right now!) and a companion article you can read on Astronomy’s website: https://astronomy.com/magazine/news/2020/07/planets-and-life
Robert Naeye is a freelance science journalist based in Hershey, Pennsylvania. He is a former editor in chief of Sky & Telescope, one of the world’s most respected popular astronomy magazines. He also worked for NASA at its Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland. During his 30-year career he has written hundreds of articles about astronomy and space science. He has authored two books and contributed to three others. Please visit his website at: http://www.robertnaeye.com.
Post-meeting “gastronomy” will resume when we can do so safely.
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