Life on other plan­ets

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News Staff Re­porter LIFE on other plan­ets: Where is it and what does it look like?

The Costa Blanca As­tro­nom­i­cal So­ci­ety has got a top space re­searcher to an­swer your burn­ing ques­tions to­mor­row (Satur­day).

Pro­fes­sor Lewis Dart­nell just might. Astro-bi­ol­ogy tu­tor at Lon­don's West­min­ster Uni­ver­sity, UK Space Agency Re­search Fel- low of Le­ices­ter Uni­ver­sity, pro­lific on TV doc­u­men­taries and in print, his spe­cial­ist stud­ies mean he has more of a clue than we do – even if he hasn't seen it yet (un­less aliens are al­ready among us. Check your lo­cal pub to be sure).

He can tell us what makes life pos­si­ble on our own planet, what con­di­tions are needed on oth­ers for life to oc­cur, and just how far 'life' as we know it (and as we don't know it) can sur­vive in en­vi­ron­ments so ex­treme we couldn't imag­ine. That is, life which could even sur­vive a Teruel win­ter or the DeathVal­ley heat of the UK in May 2018.

Prof Dart­nell even has some idea of what ex­trater­res­trial life might look like: how ac­cu­rate is sci­ence fic­tion?

It's un­likely aliens do in fact re­sem­ble the ones we see on TV, but Lewis' re­search has given some hints as to the type of crea­ture we may see if we be­came in­ter­ga­lac­tic tourists.

Fas­ci­nated? You should be. If so, pop along to the Costa Blanca As­tro­nom­i­cal So­ci­ety's lat­est talk at Dé­nia Casa de Cul­tura in the Sala de Ac­tos to­mor­row (Satur­day, Oc­to­ber 13) for 19.00 and find out more (*cue for theme from The Twi­light Zone*).

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