Robinson Lecture 2010

"Astrobiology: Implications of Life Beyond Earth"

Professor Chris Impey
University of Arizona


Prof. Impey being presented with the
Robinson Medal by Archbishop Alan Harper.
Image courtesy Vincent Loughran.

The Tenth biennial Robinson Lecture given on the evening of Thursday 18th November 2010 in the City Hotel, Armagh, by Professor Chris Impey, Deputy Head of Department and University Distinguished Professor in charge of academic programmes in the Department of Astronomy, University of Arizona, USA.

Either we are alone in the universe or not; either way, the implications are staggering. This talk considers the prospects for and implications of life beyond Earth. Biological adaptation to extreme conditions makes it very likely that variations on biology will be present on moons and planets around many of the billions of Sun-like stars in the Milky Way. The nearly 500 planets already found around other stars are forerunners of Earth-like planets that astronomers expect to be finding in the next few years. With exobiology still a blank slate, consideration will be given to potentially unusual forms of life.

Introduction by Prof Mark Bailey, Director of Armagh Observatory, and presentation of the Robinson Medal by Archbishop A.E.T. Harper, Chairman of the Board of Governors of Armagh Observatory and Planetarium
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"Astrobiology: Implications of Life Beyond Earth" by Professor Chris Impey
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Questions and answers and vote of thanks by Dr Stefano Bagnulo of Armagh Observatory
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Last Revised: 2010 November 22nd