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Harvard University: Sarah Rugheimer | Sniffing the Air of Alien Earths

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Are we alone in the universe? We’ve found hundreds of planets orbiting distant stars, including several dozen in their star’s habitable zone. But do any of them host life? To find out, we’ll need to look for telltale molecules like oxygen or methane. The next generation of telescopes may answer this question when they take their first “sniffs” of alien air. Speaker: Dr. Sarah Rugheimer.

The CfA is a collaboration of Harvard College Observatory (HCO) and Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (SAO) and home to Harvard’s Department of Astronomy.