Environmental Outlook: Exoplanets and Dark Matter

Environmental Outlook: Exoplanets and Dark Matter

Astronomers have identified more than five hundred planets in other solar systems that could harbor life: what space based observatories, state of the art telescopes, and researchers are teaching us about other planets and the future of our universe.

Last week scientists announced they had created a type of bacteria that could live on arsenic. For astronomers looking for life on other planets, it’s a reminder that life elsewhere may be remarkably different from the forms we know on earth. Astronomers have, so far, identified hundreds of planets beyond our solar system. The hunt is on to determine if any of those spotted so far could sustain some form of life. Join us to talk about the study of exoplanets, the mystery of dark matter, and what some current research efforts can tell us about both the past and future of our universe


David Aguilar

Director of Public Affairs and Science Information,
Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics

Lori Feaga

Assistant Research Scientist
Department of Astronomy
University of Maryland

Alan Boss

Department of Terrestrial Magnetism,
Carnegie Institution for Science

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