Carl Sagan, Vatican Astronomers and the Search for Alien Life in our Solar System

  Voyager  Spacecraft.  Image Credit: Chris Butler/Science Photo Library

Voyager Spacecraft.

Image Credit: Chris Butler/Science Photo Library

A Magi Project event

Carl Sagan, Vatican Astronomers and the search for Alien life in our Solar System

Prof. Jonathan Lunine

8 November 2018

7:00pm

COFFee from 6.45pm

reception afterwards


Stiteler Hall-Room B6

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Join us for an evening with Professor Jonathan Lunine as he shares his personal journey along the dual paths of an academic career in solar system physics to fulfil his childhood dream, and his unexpected spiritual journey to the Catholic faith.

Jonathan Lunine is David C. Duncan Professor in the Physical Sciences at Cornell University and the Director of the Cornell Center for Astrophysics and Planetary Science. 

Professor Lunine’s research is focused on the formation and evolution of planets, the processes that could make environments habitable, and the exotic environments that might host a kind of chemistry sophisticated enough to be called "life". 

Professor Lunine works on the Cassini mission to Saturn and the James Webb Space Telescope, and is co-investigator on the Juno mission to Jupiter. He also is the David Baltimore Distinguished Visiting Scientist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and in 2015 was awarded the Jean Dominique Cassini medal of the European Geosciences Union.

 NASA’s  Cassini  spacecraft

NASA’s Cassini spacecraft

This talk is organised in partnership with the Penn and Drexel Newman Catholic Communities.