Exolife Hangout

Join us each week as we discuss the latest discoveries of planets around other stars, the possibility of life on these other worlds, the challenges of getting to these distant planets and much, much more.

Von Neumann Probes and the Fermi Paradox

29th Jun, 2017 - 8874 views

Can the galaxy be colonized in a reasonable time using Von Neumann probes? Named after the Hungarian-born American mathematician John von Neumann, a Von Neumann probe is a self-replicating device that could, one day, be used to explore every facet o

Colossus: Finding alien life with a new type of telescope.

22nd Jun, 2017 - 4600 views

The PLANETS Foundation is currently building a prototype for a revolutionary new type of large-scale telescope called Colossus, designed to find and characterize life on the nearest 300 star systems within 70 light years of Earth. The PLANETS Foun

What's So Great About TRAPPIST-1?

15th Jun, 2017 - 4398 views

Since the discovery of this system of seven terrestrial planets around an obscure, cool, red-dwarf star some 40 light years away, astronomers and the public have become very excited. Why? What's so great about this system? Located only 40 light-y

How To Colonize Mars w/ Dr. Robert Zubrin

8th Jun, 2017 - 9717 views

Can we REALLY colonize Mars or is this a pipe-dream? How will we get there? The presence of water on Mars makes it arguably the most hospitable of the planets in the Solar System, but how will we colonize it? Is the colonization of Mars an achieva

Is Life Common in the Universe?

1st Jun, 2017 - 4814 views

How ubiquitous is life in the universe? Can life form easily from nothing or is it very difficult? Is life strewn throughout the cosmos? Watch this hangout to explore these questions and many more! The question of the commonality of life in the

The Great Silence: Where is Everybody?

25th May, 2017 - 7043 views

Sooo the live stream was really messed up and we had to send people over to Twitch, which streamed beautifully. This video was messed up afterward, but now appears fine, so I made it public again. So strange. Where is everybody? Why haven't we hea