What makes a planet habitable? Is there life on Mars? And how can we tell from the distance? Join Dr Stuart Clark for a unique evening on the latest developments in astronomy.
Most of us have wondered if there is life elsewhere in the universe. It may have been a fleeting thought, or a notion that has led to deeper questions, such as what is life? And how did it begin on Earth?
For the first time in human history, we stand on the cusp of a fully formed investigation into these questions. In the past two decades, astronomers have discovered thousands of planets around other stars. It is natural to ask if these planets are habitable, and if so, whether they do indeed harbour life.
So long the subject of science fiction and speculation, these inquiries will increasingly set the agenda for modern science in the coming decades. This unique masterclass is perfect for anyone who is the slightest bit curious about the night sky and what might be living in it.
- How did life begin on Earth?
- What is life and what does it need?
- Is there life on Mars?
- What makes a planet habitable?
- How does Earth compare to the other planets we have discovered?
- How can astronomers determine whether life exists on a distant planet?
Dr Stuart Clark is a fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society and a visiting fellow of the University of Hertfordshire. He is the author of The Search for Earth’s Twin, on which this course is based. He writes the Guardian’s Across the universe blog and its Spacewatch column.
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