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Biosignatures and Technosignatures. The Telescopic Search for Life Across Interstellar Distances.

Adam Frank
Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Rochester, USA

The 2020 Astronomy Decadal Survey put a "Habitable Worlds Observatory" at the top of the community's projects for the next twenty years.  In this talk I will discuss the current state of research and future plans in the search for life via "biosignatures" and "technosignatures".   I will review the history of the field and discuss what advances have allowed the ancient question of "are we alone" to finally become one which science might answer.

2023 September 27, 13:30

Centro de Astrofísica da Universidade do Porto (Auditorium)
Rua das Estrelas, 4150-762 Porto

Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade de Lisboa Universidade do Porto Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia da Universidade de Coimbra
Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia COMPETE 2020 PORTUGAL 2020 União Europeia