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Annual CAP Lecture - Dr. Stanley Greenspoon, Capilano U

Thursday, February 16, 2017
3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Physics & Astronomy Building (PAB)
Room: 106

Department of Physics and Astronomy

2017 Annual CAP Lecture

Dr. Stanley Greenspoon

Capilano University

What's New in the Search for Exoplanets and Extraterrestrial Life


The detection of the first planet outside our solar system in 1995 ushered in a period of intensive work directed at not only detecting more such exoplanets, of which well over 3000 have now been confirmed, but also aimed at determining the properties of exoplanets and their atmospheres, as well as exploring the variety of planetary systems. A principal goal of this research has been to make progress towards answering the question wondered about since antiquity, “are we alone?”. I will survey some of the more interesting recent discoveries in exoplanet research, much of which is based on phenomena from areas familiar to physics students, ranging from classical mechanics to general relativity. The criteria for inferring the presence of extraterrestrial life will be discussed, as will the issues involved in our being able to gather data confirming its existence. In addition, I will survey some of the plans proposed for research in the near and distant future, including the launch of successors to the Hubble and Kepler space telescopes.

Prof. B. Chronik
Jodi Guthrie - Assistant to the Chair
519-661-2111 ext. 86438
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