Aomawa Shields: How we'll find life on other planets
Aomawa Shields - Astronomer, astrobiologist, actor, writer
Aomawa Shields studies the climate and habitability of planets outside of the Solar System. Full bio
in the universe where life exists.
with my naked eyes
that occur in nature
at just the right distance
for stars of different temperatures,
for water to flow on their surfaces
and energy on finding planets
climates of exoplanets.
besides distance from its star
a planet can support life.
of love and beauty,
ethereal appearance in the sky.
revealed a different story.
to 900 degrees Fahrenheit,
from the sun, is the reason.
and scorching the planet's surface.
initial perceptions of this planet.
from our own solar system,
and potential to host life.
of these planets are like
and dim compared to their stars
that could support surface water --
nice phone number for a name --
the atmospheric composition
in front of its host star is hard.
is 100 trillion miles away,
the precise color of that fly.
a planet would need
for water and life.
of the planet Kepler-62f,
could be warm enough for open water
and orientations of its orbit.
to follow up on this planet
is also important for climate.
redder wavelengths of light,
in this photo looks so blue.
is absorbed on its way through the ice.
makes it all the way to the bottom.
back to up to our eyes
orbiting cooler stars
than planets orbiting hotter stars.
wavelength light from cooler stars,
heats the ice.
can affect planetary climate
that this is my specialty.
and read fashion magazines,
contradictions in nature --
for the next planet where life exists.
to middle-school girls of color,
science and art don't often go together,
these girls bring their whole selves
the ranks of astronomers
to discover, once and for all,
in the universe.
About the speaker:Aomawa Shields - Astronomer, astrobiologist, actor, writer
Aomawa Shields studies the climate and habitability of planets outside of the Solar System.
Why you should listen
Dr. Aomawa Shields received her PhD in Astronomy and Astrobiology from the University of Washington in 2014. She also received an MFA in Acting from UCLA in 2001, and a Bachelor's degree in Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences from MIT in 1997. She is currently an NSF Astronomy and Astrophysics Postdoctoral Fellow, a UC President's Postdoctoral Program Fellow, and a 2015 TED Fellow at the University of California, Los Angeles, and the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics.
Dr. Shields is the founder of Rising Stargirls, an organization dedicated to encouraging girls of all colors and backgrounds to explore and discover the universe using theater, writing, and visual art. She uses her theater and writing background to communicate science to the public in engaging, innovative ways.
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