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Our Origins in Space
One of the most exciting developments in astronomy is the discovery of thousands of planets around stars other than our Sun. But how do these exoplanets form, and why are they so different from those in our own Solar System? Thanks to powerful new telescopes built in large international collaborations, astronomers are now starting to address these age-old questions scientifically. With the new Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA), we can zoom in on the dusty clouds between the stars where new stars and planets are born to find water and a surprisingly rich variety of organic materials. In conversation with Emmy Award-winning journalist Frank Sesno, 2018 Kavli Prize Laureate in Astrophysics Dr. Ewine van Dishoeck will discuss whether these pre-biotic molecules end up on new planets and thus form the building blocks for life elsewhere in the universe.

Oct 28, 2020 04:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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