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Is there anybody out there?

The search for extraterrestrial life 2

Is there intelligent life outside the earth? And if there is, why do we never hear from other civilizations? Over the years, our horizon is rapidly expanding in the pursuit of extraterrestrial life. A nice handful of planets and moons in our Solar System have flowing water and the opportunity to host life. If we look at other solar systems, over the last 10 years it has been discovered that it is quite common for the stars to be orbited by planetary systems, and quite a few have the size of the Earth and are at a distance from the local star that could be habitable for life.

In this conversation (in Danish) between astrophysicist Uffe Gråe Jørgensen, Professor of Astrophysics and Planetary Research at the Niels Bohr Institute and Science Journalist Jens Degett, we look at the science of searching for extraterrestrial life and the possibility that man himself will colonize the Universe. Earlier this year, Uffe Gråe Jørgensen received grants from the Novo Nordisk Foundation and the European Research Council (ERC) to investigate possible traces of life on exoplanets.

The program is the second in a series in which Jens Degett speaks with Uffe Gråe Jørgensen about the latest developments in the pursuit of life in the Universe with news from the AAAS Annual Meeting in Seattle in February 2020, and what we can expect during the next 10 years.

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Science Stories is supported by the Novo Nordisk Foundation.