Astronomer Investigates Life On Other Planets

Dated: 02/11/2015

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We are so fortunate here on the Big Island. We have the sun and surf, culture and food, just like the other islands that make up the state of Hawaii. But we also have the observatories.

Last night, my husband and I attended a talk given by an astronomer from the W.M. Keck Observatory. The scientists are allowed to use a portion of their top of the world time at the observatories to work on their own projects. Dr. Doppman is working on "Detecting key ingredients that support life: the origins of a habitable world".

His theory is that the inner disks of rock and dust that surround newly formed stars are where rocky and perhaps Earth-like planets are believed to form. The power-point presentation that accompanied his talk was very exciting. And in a million years we'll know if that ecko-planet is habitable!

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