The Search for an Inhabited Exoplanet

Samstag, 13. Mai 9:15 - 10:45 Hörsaal 10

The quest for an inhabited exoplanet is nothing short of awe-inspiring! Imagine discovering a distant world, teeming with life, beyond our wildest imaginations. In recent times, we have witnessed an explosion in the discovery of exoplanets - thousands of them beyond our Solar System. One of the most crucial aspects of determining a planet's potential for life is its atmosphere, and with the latest telescopes, we can probe the atmospheres of these exoplanets like never before. This means that we are inching ever closer to unlocking the secrets of the universe and answering the age-old question: are we alone in the universe? Moreover, the discovery of biosignatures - signs of life - could give us the vital clues we need to confirm the existence of life beyond Earth

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Prof. Dr. Laura Kreidberg

Astrophysicist, Director at the Max-Plank-Institute for Astronomy

Prof. Dr. Laura Kreidberg is a highly respected astrophysicist and astronomer who has made significant contributions to our understanding of exoplanetary atmospheres. Her research focuses on characterizing the properties of exoplanets, such as their atmospheric composition, temperature, and pressure, using a variety of observational techniques. With her innovative and interdisciplinary approach to planetary science, she has challenged conventional thinking and opened up new avenues of inquiry. Prof. Dr. Kreidberg has received numerous accolades for her research, including receiving the 2021 Annie Jump Cannon Award in Astronomy from the American Astronomical Society. Her work has expanded our knowledge of the diversity of exoplanetary systems and has profound implications for our understanding of the formation and evolution of planets beyond our solar system. Since 2020 she is Director at the Max-Planck-Institute for Astronomy and heads the newly estabilished department for Atmospheric Physics of Exoplanets.

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