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Free lecture: Other Earths and Origins of Life

April 12, 2018 20:00 to 22:00

Join us for this FREE lecture with Harvard University's Dr. Dimitar Sasselov. Learn about alien life, how we search for it, and what this teaches us about our place in the universe.

The lecture will discuss the new field of scientific research on the emerging frontier where astronomy meets biochemistry. In the past year astronomers have discovered planets that resemble Earth around nearby stars and now prepare to explore them with a new generation of telescopes. In the meantime, chemists and biologists have narrowed down the environments necessary for early forms of Earth life and are helping the astronomers in defining their targets. The search is on!

Professor Sasselov is a professor of astronomy at Harvard University. He is the Director of the Harvard Origins of Life Initiative, a new interdisciplinary institute that joins biologists, chemists, planetary scientists and astronomers in searching for the starting points of life on Earth (and possibly elsewhere). He is also a co-investigator on NASA's Kepler mission, searching for exoplanets the size of Earth. Dr. Sasselov is an astronomer who explores the interaction between light and matter to study stars and their planets. What is an astronomer doing looking for the origins of life? Sasselov suggests that planetary conditions are the seedbed of life. Knowing the composition and conditions of a planet will give us clues, perhaps, as to how life might form there. He hopes to use those clues to search for life on exoplanets.

Doors open at 7pm. No tickets or reservations are required. Special event rate parking in the Museum garage. On clear evenings, Ralph Mueller Observatory is open afterward. Please note that Museum exhibits and galleries are closed during this free event.

Frontiers of Astronomy is sponsored by: Case Western Reserve University Department of Astronomy through the Arthur S. Holden, Sr. Endowment; The Cleveland Museum of Natural History; and The Cleveland Astronomical Society

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