Big Picture Science – Nobel Efforts

by Gary Niederhoff on October 21, 2019


Big Picture Science – Nobel Efforts

For two Swiss astronomers, it’s “Stockholm, here we come.” Their first-ever discovery of a planet orbiting another star has been awarded the most prestigious prize in science. Find out how their exoplanet discovery led to 4,000 more and how that changes the odds of finding life beyond Earth. Also, the Nobel committee is not alone in finding distant worlds inspirational: a musician is translating their orbital signatures into sound.

Listen to individual segments here:
Part 1: Roy Gould / Discovering Exoplanets
Part 2: Jeffrey Smith / Searching with TESS
Part 3: David Ibbett / Exoplanetary Music

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avatar Richard October 22, 2019 at 8:42 pm

Question- how long would it take the universe to manufacture all the 92 elements and then seed them into planets, like Earth, with just the right proportions to create life? Life on Earth is dependent not only on these elements but also on volcanism, the rock cycle and continental drift to churn these elements into usable quantities on our crust and in our oceans. That life on Earth was born about 3.5 billion years ago and that it took another 3.5 billion years of happy chance to produce a civilization such as ours could mean that civilizations such as ours may not be all that abundant in our universe. We may indeed be fairly unique in our progress.

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