CERN Colloquium

Extraterrestrial Life: Are We the Sharpest Cookies in the Jar?

by Prof. Avi Loeb (Professor of Science at Harvard University)

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The search for extraterrestrial life is one of the most exciting frontiers in Astronomy. First tentative clues were identified  close to Earth in the form of the weird interstellar object `Oumuamua. Our civilization will mature once we find out who resides on our cosmic street by searching with our best telescopes for unusual electromagnetic flashesindustrial pollution of planetary atmospheresartificial light or heatartificial space debris or something completely unexpected. We might be a form of life as primitive and common in the cosmos as ants are in a kitchen. If so, we can learn a lot from others out there through the new frontier of "space archaeology".

The lecture will feature content from my book "Extraterrestrial", available at

Organized by

Wolfgang Lerche / TH-SP, Sasha Zhiboedov / TH-SP

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CERN Colloquium by Prof. Avi Loeb, 15 April 2021
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Claudia Dupraz
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Alexander Zhiboedov, Wolfgang Lerche, Angela Ricci
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