Starry Night on Feburary 15

The Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP) invites to the next Starry Night in Babelsberg on Thursday, February 15, 2018, starting at 7:15 pm with a public lecture of Kris Youakim about "Extraterrestial life in the Universe - how likely is it?". Please note that the lecture will be given in German.
Starry Night on Feburary 15

Illustration: Life in the Universe, Credit: AIP/Kristin Riebe, Background: NASA, ESA, and M. Livio and the Hubble 20th Anniversary Team (STScI)

With life on earth as our only example, we still cannot definitively answer the question of whether or not we are alone in the Universe. However, with modern scientific advancements and our rapidly increasing knowledge of our own Galaxy and our place within it, we can now begin to discuss this question in a more scientific way. This talk will explore the possibility of intelligent life existing elsewhere in the Universe. Using the Drake equation as a tool, Kris Youakim will present recent scientific results, along with other popular theories and ideas, to estimate the potential number of intelligent civilizations existing in our Galaxy. He will also discuss the Fermi paradox: if other intelligent life does exist, then why haven’t we seen it?

After the talk, we offer a tour over the AIP campus and – if the sight is clear – an observation with one of our historical reflecting telescopes.

We look forward to your visit!

Free entry, no previous registration necessary.

Location: AIP, An der Sternwarte 16, 14482 Potsdam