Tedspresso - Galactic life

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The galactic recipe for a living planet | Karin Öberg

Length | 13:32

Key takeaways -

  • For a planet to sustain life it needs to be the correct distance from a star, contain water and hydrogen cyanide.

  • Hydrogen cyanide is one of the main building blocks of planetary life.

  • Current telescopes do not have the power to detect molecules on the surface of planets.

  • In order to detect molecules scientists are starting to look for them during the formation of planets, where dust and gasses begin to combine around a star.

  • Karin Öberg has devised a method to detect hydrogen cyanide as planets are forming

  • This means there is an increased potential of finding life in our universe

Link - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wGGmzeCT8gU


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