Lecture: 21 October “Finding Life on Other Worlds” by Robert Naeye, Science Journalist

***IMPORTANT: Because the October speaker will be presenting live from Pennsylvania, the meeting and announcements will begin at 7:15pm and the lecture will start promptly at 7:30pm.***

21 October 2020, Live-streamed via Zoom, YouTube and Facebook

“Finding Life on Other Worlds”


Robert Naeye, Science Journalist

Are we alone or do we share our solar system and galaxy with other forms of life? And how widespread are advanced civilizations with whom we could communicate? Right now we don’t have answers to these profound questions. But scientists are in hot pursuit. The technology of searching for life on other worlds has received a level of maturity where the first definitive evidence of extraterrestrial life could come in the very near future.

Bob will explore three different roads for detecting life beyond Earth:

  1. Launching robotic spacecraft to discover life on Mars or other worlds in our solar system
  2. Deploying large telescopes to detect the chemical signatures of life in the atmospheres of planets orbiting other stars
  3. Using various techniques to pick up signals from advanced civilizations or to find evidence of their technological activities

This talk will be loosely based on Bob’s cover story he wrote for the September 2020 issue of  Sky & Telescope magazine and an accompanying web article about what kinds of planets might be the hosts for life.

Brief Bio

Former member of San Francisco Amateur Astronomers, Robert Naeye is an award winning freelance science journalist, now based in Hershey, Pennsylvania. He got his start in science writing at Boston University and earned a Masters in 1991. He became an editorial intern, then an associate editor at Astronomy magazine for over 5 years. Next he became editor-in-chief for Mercury magazine, published in SF by the Astronomical Society of the Pacific.

In 2008 he became editor-in-chief of the respected Sky & Telescope magazine. He also worked for NASA at its Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland. During his 30-year career he has written hundreds of articles about astronomy and space science. He has authored two books and contributed to three others, and he has given over 100 mostly astronomical lectures all over the world.
While a member of SFAA, Bob shared views of the night sky through his Portaball telescope.

How to AttendTo attend the virtual meeting “live” with the opportunity to ask questions:

Connect by 7:15pm on Wednesday, October 21st by clicking this Zoom meeting link: https://zoom.us/j/93940844105?pwd=Zk5oM2ZXR2hhcHZ1dnFkVW90OEZoZz09

Clicking the link may prompt you to install the Zoom virtual meeting app. Once installed, you will be able to join the meeting.   If the app is already installed on your device, simply enter the meeting number 939 4084 4105  and password 194998 to join the meeting.

Once joined, you can test your audio and video, and greet other members.

Board members will join the meeting early to help troubleshoot any problems with audio or video. 

Club and welcome announcements will begin at 7:15pm and the lecture will start promptly at 7:30pm.

Alternatively, please visit the following channels to attend the live stream:

SFAA YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UChuBJGp_iJYZ11q_ayA-q3A

SFAA Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/152754481404310

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