Life in the Universe: Where Does It Come From? Dr. Joshua Tan

Westport Astronomical Society

March 19, 2019 | 8:00 am - 10:00 pm

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The Westport Astronomical Society Free Lecture Series

Life in the Universe: Where Does It Come From? Professor Joshua Tan, City University of New York: LaGuardia Community College

The key ingredients and conditions that allowed for the emergence of life have been identified by biochemists for many decades. What is the astronomical context for this emergence? Where did it come from? In this talk I will discuss the astronomical contexts for the emergence of life and, along the way, look at how seemingly alien and exotic astrophysical events planted the seeds that are necessary for you and I to exist. The implications of this in our search for life outside the Earth will be explored as well.

Prof. Tan is an optical astronomer at City University of New York: LaGuardia Community College and a Research Affiliate of the American Museum of Natural History. He is intensely interested in observing the counterparts to short period binary millisecond pulsars. Aside from that, open problems in binary modeling, neutron star physics, and three-body dynamics occupy most of his research think space. Recently, he became entangled with a project to build a research and teaching telescope at Grand Mesa Observatory outside of Grand Junction, Colorado with remote access to be developed for observing at the astrophysics division of the American Museum of Natural History. He received his PhD in astronomy from Columbia University.

Contact Name: Westport Astronomical Society

Contact Email: observatory@was-ct.org

Contact Phone: 203-293-8759

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Westport Astronomical Society
182 Bayberry Lane
Westport, CT 06880-2802

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