Equinox Conference - Searching for Life Outside the Solar System


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September 20, 2019
6:30 p.m.
4801, avenue Pierre-De Coubertin
Montréal, QC Canada
H1V 3V4

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Attend a talk by astrophysicist at the Université de Montréal – Institute for Research on Exoplanets, René Doyon under the dome of the Chaos Theatre.

Thousands of exoplanets have now been documented, and it is estimated statistically that over a quarter of the stars in the vicinity of our sun, red dwarfs, have at least one rocky planet in their habitable zone, the region around a star where water could exist in liquid form at a planet’s surface. These planets offer favourable conditions for the development of life. In the next few years, new high-precision astronomical instruments, some of them developed in part at the Université de Montréal, will allow researchers to identify the potentially inhabited planets closest to our sun. At the same time, the future James Webb space telescope, which will become operational in 2021, will be humankind’s very first opportunity to explore the atmosphere of these potentially inhabited worlds. Then, toward the end of the next decade, a new generation of giant (30–40 m) telescopes will come into use that will be capable of detecting biosignatures—meaning signs of life—in the atmosphere of an exoplanet not far from the sun.

The talk will be followed by a screening of the film Planet Nine and by a discussion with Professor Doyon about the possible existence of a ninth planet!

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