Ian Glendinning

Wednesday, April 11 2018 at 7:30PM

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Ian Glendinning

What's the talk about?

The search for planets in orbit around other stars in the galaxy is intensifying with the pending launches of two new space telescopes in the next 18 months, both dedicated to the search for exoplanets. With nearly 4,000 now confirmed and another 4,500 potential candidates, the new systems are expected to vastly increase the rate of discovery. I will talk about how these planets are detected and how it will be possible to search for potential life on many of them and also on sources within the solar system.

But if there are so many planets – estimated at billions in the Milky Way – where are the aliens? This is the Fermi Paradox and we will explore some of the possible answers to this and maybe come up with a few more.

Ian Glendinning is a retired Police Officer with a lifelong interest in astronomy, photography, German Shepherds and why people believe weird things. In the final year of a BSc hons degree in astronomy and a Fellow of the RAS.