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Dec 08

Day 7: Astrophysics/Astrobiology

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Astrophysics is branch of astronomy that instead of dealing with their positions or movements, deals with the nature of heavenly bodies. Due to this fact, the field of Astrophysicists tend to apply many other disciplines such as Electromagnetism, Nuclear physics, particle physics, quantum mechanics, and a host of others. the objects that astrophysicists typically watch are galaxies, stars, extrasolar planets(planets not in our solar system) and many more. some of the most publicly popular topics of astrophysics that interested the general public is dark matter/energy, worm holes, the possibility of time travel, and the existence of sentient intelligent life outside planet earth.

Astrobiology is the study of the origin, evolution, distribution, and future of life in the universe: extraterrestrial life and life on Earth. Astrobiology is an interdisciplinary field encompassing many other fields such as chemistry, physics, astronomy, biology, ecology, geology and much more. Often times astrobiology gets confused with another discipline of a similar nature, exobiology, the difference being while astrobiology is the study of life beyond our planet, exobiology is the search for life beyond our planet. astrobiologists working alongside astrophysicists having been finding more and more extrasolar planets that may be able to support life, the latest of these discoveries was of the planet currently know as Kepler 186f. this brings me to my discussion questions

Now that more and more scientists are searching and studying life on other planets, why are people who have encounters still considered insane? shouldn’t the public be more concerned and interested in finding out more about our potential intergalactic neighbors?

Day 7 Links:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Astrophysics
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Astrobiology

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