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The search for other Earth-like planets - Olivier Guyon


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Billions of stars. Billions of galaxies. A thousand years just to count all of the stars in our galaxy and then another thousand to count the galaxies in the universe. At TEDYouth 2012, Olivier Guyon examines the possibility of finding other planets within these astronomical numbers, some potentially rife with life.

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Here's what Olivier Guyon says about himself, "I am an astronomer, splitting my time between Subaru Telescope in Hawaii and the University of Arizona. I have been interested in astronomy since I was a ~10 yrs old, and I started as an amateur astronomer, looking at the sky through my eyes, binoculars, and then increasingly larger home-built telescopes (which have completely taken over my garage!)."Subaru is an 8.2-meter optical-infrared telescope at the summit of Mauna Kea, Hawaii (USA). It's operated by the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (NAOJ), National Institutes of National Science.Out of billions of galaxies and billions of stars, how do we find Earth-like habitable worlds? What is essential to support life as we know it? Ariel Anbar provides a checklist for finding life on other planets.Could there be intelligent life on other planets? This question has piqued imagination and curiosity for decades. Explore the answer with the Drake Equation -- a mathematical formula that calculates the possibility of undiscovered life.

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