I will begin by defining astrobiology and outlining its scope, followed by a brief history of this field. Recent advances in astrobiology will be briefly discussed, and future prospects and challenges for the field will also be outlined. I will choose a few topics/questions of current interest and describe ongoing research (by myself and others) in these areas. Examples include: are planets orbiting M-dwarfs (the most common and long-lived stars) habitable? Is it possible for life to thrive in the subsurface oceans of Europa and Enceladus? Did the presence of Earth's large Moon play a major role in the evolutionary history of life on Earth? Is it possible for superflares (gigantic flares) to occur on the Sun, and, if so, could they cause mass extinctions?
Manasvi Lingam (Harvard University, USA)
Date & Time
Fri, 25 May 2018, 09:30 to 10:30
Nambu Discussion Room(Left), ICTS Campus, Bangalore