Black Holes and Astrobiology
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Astrobiology—the search for and study of non-Earthling life—is not exactly like Hollywood presents it to be, where aliens infect space ships or little green men from Mars stare back at us. At its core, astrobiology encompasses many different sciences. From detecting habitable planets and moons using chemical signatures to understanding the planets that orbit other stars, this relatively young science captures the imagination and allows us to dream big, as well as learn about how life made its start here at home.
Dr. Caleb Scharf is the Director of Astrobiology at Columbia University and the author of Gravity's Engines: How Bubble-Blowing Black Holes Rule Galaxies, Stars, and Life in the Cosmos. Often a lurking, sinister plot device in Sci Fi movies, a recent cascade of new science shows us that not only do black holes suck in matter but they also spew high energy particle beams and clouds of matter. In fact, the light from the most distant black holes is the oldest visible light we can see with our naked eye!
Join us for a night of singularities and extraterrestrials as Dr. Scharf describes the latest science behind black holes and an update on the search for life on other planets.
This event will also be broadcast as a webinar; registration is required.
Please join us for a free reception and book signing, at 6:30 PM, before the discussion!
Caleb Scharf, PhD
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