The BayAstro group publishes announcements of interesting events related to astronomy and aerospace in the San Francisco Bay Area. This can include events such as astronomy and interesting physical science lectures, club meetings, star parties, air shows and other events of interest mostly to amateur astronomers and science enthusiasts. Many thanks to Ken Lum, who created this event listing.
Due to concerns about the spread of the Coronavirus or COVID-19 virus, some events have been or may be cancelled. Many venues will be closed to the end of March and some, perhaps, into April. Other events may offer online links and connections. To check on the status of a given event, check their website for updates.
07:00 PM – 08:00 PM
Online event. Registration on website below is required
SETI Talks: Virtual Edition. Extremophiles: Extreme Life on Other Worlds? – Video Event
Extremophiles are organisms that live in extreme environments on Earth. Scientists have investigated their ability to survive to high temperatures, UV radiation, salty environments and places that are inhospitable for humans and most creatures on Earth. By studying conditions under which life can thrive, we hope to understand life elsewhere – where to look for it and what it could look like — or simply to hypothesize if it would be possible for life to evolve and survive on other planetary bodies.
We invited two scientists to discuss the role of extremophiles in astrobiology and the search for life beyond Earth:
• Jon Rask is a research scientist in the Space Biosciences Division at NASA Ames Research Center whose research focuses on human and robotic space exploration
• Jared Broddrick is a biologist at the Exobiology Branch at Ames Research Center applying systems biology techniques to questions of interest to the astrobiology community
Both researchers have explored the type of extremophile life that lives in hot springs, which led to significant findings on how life can adapt to unusual environmental niches. They will tell us about their research and how it relates to the search for life elsewhere in the universe.
SETI Talks Virtual Edition will be offered at no cost, but registration is required. We will send people who register log in credentials along with instructions for asking questions during the Q&A portion of the discussion.