Looking for Life in the Universe

SETI isn’t the only game in town that is dedicated to searching for and finding life in the universe. An international team of professors, astrophysicists, engineers and scientists from 6 countries around the globe are attempting to build several new revolutionary telescope projects dedicated solely for finding life in the Universe.

Join Tony Darnell and Harley Thronson as they discuss these astounding new telescope projects in the planning stages and being build now with Dr. Svetlana Berdyugina (Kiepenheuer Institute for Solar Physics) and Dr. Maud Langlois (University of Lyon) as they discuss the variety of ‘COLOSSAL’ Telescope Projects in the pipeline designed to answer the question once and for all: “Are we alone?

Dr. Svetlana Berdyugina
Svetlana Berdyugina is an exoplanetary and astrobiology researcher and physics professor. Svetlana and her team were the first to see reflected light and a blue color of a planet outside the solar system, a paradigm-exploding discovery in exoplanetary research. While employing quantum effects in various molecules, she pioneered and established several innovative research lines in astrophysics, which led to discoveries of new phenomena. Her breadth, vision and fearless attitude toward research set her on the path to search for signs of life on other planets while investigating colorful bacteria and plants of Hawai‘i.

Dr. Maud Langlois
Dr. Maud Langlois is an expert in extreme adaptive optics and the instrument scientist of the IR dual imaging and spectrograph for the spectro-polarimetric high-contrast exoplanet system (SPHERE) on the Very Large Telescope (VLT), which is used for direct detection of exoplanets. She has conceived, developed, integrated, and tested (on-sky) several innovative astronomical instruments for the VLT, Gemini telescope, Large Binocular Telescope, Multiple Mirror Telescope, as well as multi-conjugate adaptive optics systems for solar telescopes.

Tony Darnell
Tony Darnell is a software engineer with a B.A. in Physics from the University of Colorado whose career specialized in writing code for astronomical image processing, telescope control and data handling/archiving for over 30 years. Throughout his professional life, he has also been keenly interested and driven to teach astronomy and provide astronomy outreach to students and the general public. Starting out in a high school planetarium writing shows for the Boulder Valley School District in the late 1970’s, he has operated a non-profit with a portable planetarium that visited schools throughout Colorado, performed live science demonstrations at events, presented astronomy talks to the public, organized and operated amateur astronomy clubs and is also an avid amateur astronomer. Currently residing in Central Florida, he is operating his own online astronomy outreach company, Deep Astronomy, LLC, which includes a YouTube Channel, Website, Twitter account and several Facebook Pages. Through these social media properties, Deep Astronomy reaches tens out thousands of people each week by producing a wide variety of videos, podcasts and articles.

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