Other Worlds: From Imagination To Image
The Great Challenge of Building Supertelescopes in Search of Extraterrestrial Life
One of the grandest, most exciting, technologically ambitious quests ever in science is the effort to create new super-telescopes, "multiple-node free-flying space interferometers," developed to image Earth-like "exoplanets" several tens of light-years away.
Three of the most innovative scientists on Earth discuss the quest to answer one of the greatest questions ever asked...
Is there life out there?
Date: Friday, October 7, 2005
Time: 8:00 to 10:00 PM
Place: Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley
Chair: Geoffrey W. Marcy, Professor of Astronomy, University of California, Berkeley--Director of the team at the Lick and Keck Observatories that has found more "exoplanets" than anyone else: "Planets, Fringes, and Intelligent Life Near and Far"
Reinhard Genzel, Managing Director, Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics & Professor of Physics, University of California, Berkeley--Director of the group constructing a huge, super-high-tech telescope array in Chile: "Inward Bound: High-Resolution Astronomy and the Quest for Black Holes and Extrasolar Planets"
Antoine Labeyrie, Collège de France, Paris & Observatoire du Calern à Caussols—Inventor of the concept of the space array interferometer: "Imaging Extra-Solar Planets and Their Vegetation Patterns with a 100 km Hypertelescope"