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Monthly Society Meeting

The next VBAS Monthly Meeting is Friday, February 17 at 7:30 PM. Join us for pizza at 7:00 PM.

At the January meeting, we saw one organization's (the Planets Foundation) plan to build the telescopes necessary to examine exoplanets. This month, we will see a webinar from the Night Sky Network: "Exploring Exoplanet Biosignatures, Potential "False Positives" for Life, and the Case of Proxima Centauri b".

In the coming years and decades, we will finally gain the ability to characterize potentially habitable planets outside of the solar system. How would we recognize a habitable or inhabited planet, and what type of instrumentation would this require? Could we be fooled by potential "biosignature impostors", abiotic processes which could mimic the signatures of life, such as atmospheric oxygen? In this presentation, we will provide an overview of the nascent field of exoplanet biosignature science, primarily describing work done by the NASA Astrobiology Institute's Virtual Planetary Laboratory.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yxtRr9hL99M&feature=youtu.be

Tom Burleson

Vice-President

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