Space Place Guest Presentations
February 14 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Space Place guest presentations are always free and open to the public and are offered the 2nd Tuesday of the month. This program will be held both virtually and in person. To watch the talk virtually, go to the UW Space Place YouTube channel.
More information can be found here.
Description: We live in an age where we can take direct images of planets orbiting nearby stars, and one of the highest priorities of NASA is to uncover whether there is life on any of these planets. There are millions of nearby stars, and even more planets around those stars, so it would be extremely helpful to know where to point our telescopes out of all of these possibilities. Any information along these lines would greatly increase our chances of successfully detecting life beyond Earth. Chemists have been exploring how to make the chemicals that cook up the cell for decades from scratch, but it’s proving to be a tall order because even the simplest cell is an incredibly complex set of chemical compounds. How can we start with a mix of rocks, gases and water and end up with life? For this meeting at Space Place, we will cover recent efforts to mimic natural settings in order to produce the molecules of life. We will also discuss the implications of whether life is considered inevitable, or a randomized product of galactic chemistry.