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  7:30 pm, Tuesday, March 8, 2011
Fairmont Lounge, St. John's College

Other Earths and Other Life in the Universe

Geoffrey W. Marcy

University of California, Berkeley

Science fiction taught us that our Milky Way Galaxy abounds with habitable planets populated by advanced civilizations engaged in interstellar commerce and conflict. Back in our real universe, Earth-like planets and alien life have proved elusive. Has science fiction led us astray? NASA recently launched a new space-borne telescope, Kepler, dedicated to discovering Earth-like worlds around other stars. The first results will arrive by February 2011 and will be described in this talk. Are any of these worlds suitable for life? What properties make a planet livable? How common is life in the universe, especially intelligent life? New telescopic and biological observations are providing the first answers to these questions.

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Additional resources for this talk: video.