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How to Find an Inhabited Exoplanet

Presented by: Dave Charbonneau (Harvard University)
Category: Education and Outreach   Duration: 1 hour and 10 minutes   Broadcast date: July 10, 2017
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Over the past couple decades, research has uncovered thousands of exoplanets in orbit around other stars. In particular, the NASA Kepler Mission taught us that Earth-sized planets are commonplace throughout the Galaxy. But the big question remains - did life take root on any of these distant worlds? Using upcoming large telescopes, astronomers will examine the atmospheres of Earth-like planets for the telltale chemical fingerprints of life. The search for life in the universe has entered an exciting new phase.