Sirius Astronomy’s Paul Hill: The search for life in the universe
Look up with Sirius Astronomy’s Paul Hill: The search for life in the universe...Physicist Enrico Fermi famously asked his colleagues one lunchtime: "Where is everybody?" Given our own technology and abilities how come the sky – and potentially other life – is quiet despite billions of stars being in both the Milky Way and the Sun meaning there’s a high probability of Earth-like planets out there?
This became known as Fermi's Paradox and it’s a question that has many possible answers among the hairy stars, the messy kitchen of the sun and the rest of the giant cosmos. Are we alone, are we the most advanced or maybe life in all its potentially different forms in the universe is just shy. Join our resident star-gazing expert to find out how and where we are looking for all the ingredients of life - and whether we will ever be able to answer Fermi's canteen query.
A fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society (FRAS), co-presenter and writer of the popular Awesome Astronomy podcast, Paul has been passionate about astronomy since he was 8 years old and first looked through a telescope at Halley’s Comet. He was bitten by the bug and has spent the last three decades looking up. His first equipment purchase was a pair of 10×50 binoculars and a planisphere. He has appeared on BBC News and Radio to discuss a range of space issues as well as being interviewed on The BBC’s The Sky At Night.
Paul is also a Space Ambassador for the European Space Education Resource Office (ESERO) working with the European Space Agency and UK Space Agency on space related education programmes in schools.
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