Public lecture

A public lecture, entitled Other Worlds in the Cosmos? The Search for Planets Similar to our Earth and... perhaps Sheltering Life! will be given by Nobel Prize in Physics 2019 Michel Mayor on at the Santiago Grisolía Auditorium of the Museu de les Ciències.

Date: Wednesday, 29 June 2022
Time: 19:00
Language: French, with simultaneous translation to Spanish (supported by the Institute of Corpuscular Physics - IFIC)
Place: Auditorium Santiago Grisolía at the Science Museum Príncipe Felipe Ciudad de las Artes y de las Ciencias, Av. del Professor López Piñero 7, 46013 Valencia
Ticket: Free access but it requires prior registration. Registration closes at 2:00 p.m. on the day of the conference.

"Do there exist many worlds, or is there but a single world? This is one of the most noble and exalted questions in the study of Nature."
Albertus Magnus (circa 1200-1280)

Are there other Worlds in the universe? Does life exist elsewhere in the cosmos? The technology of our time has made it possible to transform this dream of antiquity into a fascinating field of current astrophysics. Twenty-six years after the discovery of a first planet orbiting a star like our sun, a few thousand planetary systems have been discovered. These first discoveries revealed to us the astonishing diversity of these systems, very different from our solar system.

After the euphoria of these first discoveries, the era of studying the atmospheres of exoplanets is now beginning. Fascinating, despite the enormous contrast between the luminosity of the star and that very weak, reflected by the planet, the analysis of the atmospheres begins and will benefit from space telescopes and giant telescopes on the ground (up to diameters of 39m).

Does life exist in other places in the cosmos? - Vertiginous question - The analysis of planetary atmospheres may reveal biosignatures, these spectral characteristics induced by the development of life. Advances in spectroscopy studies of exoplanets make us think that the search for extraterrestrial life is possible

For detailed information, please go to the public lecture page of the Museu.