cosmic genealogy, from the Big Bang to exoplanets

The Public Information Library (BPI) of the Pompidou Center in Paris is organizing a cycle of three conferences on space, under the title “Space, the frontier of infinity”. This Monday, September 26, is the first evening dedicated to the latest news from the cosmos and the solar system. Sciences et Avenir will participate in this evening with three renowned astrophysicists.

This Monday, September 26, will mark a milestone in space history, as NASA’s Dart mission prepares to deflect an asteroid for the first time, with a view to one day protecting our Earth from catastrophe. Precisely on the same day, the Public Information Library (BPI) of the Pompidou Center in Paris opens a cycle of three conferences on space, entitled “Space, the frontier of infinity”. These three autumn stopovers will focus on making us discover the latest scientific discoveries about the cosmos and the solar system, but also on asking us about the future of space conquest in the era of New Space initiated by Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos and other new actors of all countries, public and private. As geopolitical tensions intensify, can we dream of a better world thanks to space?

The first afternoon of this cycle, therefore, will be dedicated to the cosmos, from the first moments of the Universe to today, from the first atoms to the emergence of complex life forms. The images provided recently by planetary probes, by telescopes as fabulous as the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) and other increasingly powerful instruments have changed our view of the world of stars and galaxies. These instruments have also identified thousands of exoplanets, each one more diverse than the last. So much so that the Earth appears today as perhaps unique. Is there only one or several inhabited worlds? This is one of the questions I will try to answer. Jean Audouze, astrophysicist at the Paris Astrophysics Institute, Danielle Briot, astrophysicist at the Paris Observatory and Jean-Pierre Bibring, astrophysicist at the Orsay Space Astrophysics Institute. Sciences et Avenir will be the facilitator.

This cycle was designed with the advice of Xavier Pasco, Director of the Foundation for Research[…]

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