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The Northern Colorado Astronomical Society is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the science of astronomy and to encourage and coordinate activities of amateur astronomers.

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April 6th, 2017 - Featured Speaker: Dr. Emily Hardegree-Ullman

Greatest Mysteries in Astrobiology

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Speaker Bio: Dr. Emily Hardegree-Ullman is an instructor in the Physics Department at Colorado State University. She earned her PhD from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute where she studied the chemical composition of young stellar systems. Prior research projects included the evolution of protoplanetary disks, searching for methane lakes on Titan, and observing extrasolar planet transits.

Talk Abstract: For over half a century, humanity has searched the galaxy for evidence of life beyond our home planet. Despite recent exciting advances in the search for other habitable worlds, we have yet to find any cosmic cousins. Scientists from every discipline are hard at work trying to answer some of the greatest mysteries of Astrobiology, the study of the origin and evolution of life in the universe. We know more than ever about the formation of our own solar system and the environment of early Earth, but how does a jumble of organic molecules develop into an organized biological system? Is intelligence an inevitability of evolution, and if life does exist elsewhere, how can we spot it?

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