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16th July 2010

IS THERE ANYONE OUT THERE?

For Grade 7 learners from Luzuko Primary School, Mseki Primary School and Lehlohonolo Primary School, Gugulethu.  19 May and 15 June 2010.

Milky Way Galaxy

IS THERE ANYONE OUT THERE?

Carolin Crawford, Institute of Astronomy, University of Cambridge.

Learners will be encouraged to use their scientific and mathematical knowledge to go beyond science fiction to consider what life there might be elsewhere in the universe and to find out more about astronomy and the tools that astronomers use to answer fundamental questions. These are the sort of questions we will consider in this conference.

  • What kind of planets are in our own Solar System ?
  • What kind of planets orbit around other stars in our Galaxy?
  • How do astronomers find these ‘extra-solar planets’?
  • How can they tell if they might be suitable for the development of life?
  • How likely is it that primitive life forms exist elsewhere in our galaxy?
  • How likely is it that intelligent life exists elsewhere in our galaxy?

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