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Cosmic Chronicles: From Stars to SETI

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Past event - 2024
13 May Doors open 7pm
Event 7.30pm to 9.30pm
The English Lounge, 64 - 66 High Street, Northern Quarter,
Manchester M4 1EA
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In this exploration, we witness the birth of stars and their impact on the cosmos' chemistry. Transitioning to the present, we unveil the Universe's secrets using neutral hydrogen, unravelling stories of star formation and galactic dynamics. Pondering "Are we alone?" we delve into the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI), exploring methodologies and implications of potential discoveries beyond our planet.

Life and death in the early Universe

Dr. Rebecca Bowler (Research Fellow in Astrophysics)
Without the birth and dramatic death of stars billions of years ago, life as we know it would not exist. In this talk, I will give a tour of the first 10% of the life of the Universe, the time when the first stars started shining. We will travel together through one of the galaxies, watching the rapid life cycles of humungous stars and seeing the fundamental changes these stars had on the chemistry of the Universe. I will end by contemplating whether these galaxies could have harboured life.

Unveiling the Universe with Neutral Hydrogen

Dr. Laura Wolz (Lecturer in Astronomy)
Neutral hydrogen atoms, the most basic of elements, form the foundation of our Universe - once nearly entirely composed of hydrogen gas. Even today, it is omnipresent in all structures. While imaging light from stars is relatively simple with cameras, we must thank modern radio technology for the ability to observe neutral hydrogen. Once captured, neutral hydrogen can tell us the story of our universe, from star formation dynamics within and between galaxies to the discovery of the first stars.

The Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI)

Kelvin Wandia (PhD student in Astrophysics)
Are we alone? This enduring query captivates humanity. To tackle this question, scientists have taken numerous perspectives be it the search for microbial lifeforms on Mars and its analogue environments on Earth to the hunt for habitable extrasolar planets. One of the approaches involves searching for intelligent life by actively listening for communications using radio telescopes and/or searching for bona fide signals which may appear as anomalies in astronomical data. In this talk, I will describe how a search for extraterrestrial intelligence (SETI) is conducted, the challenges encountered, false alarms and future prospects for this field.
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