Astrochemist brings search for extraterrestrial life to Harvard

Clara Sousa-Silva, whose expertise in phosphine as a biosignature gas was key to a recent analysis that may have detected life in the clouds of Venus, has moved to the Center for Astrophysics | Harvard & Smithsonian for the final two years of her fellowship. She discusses the finding and the broader topic of the search for life on other planets.

Alvin Powell • harvard
Jan. 4, 2021 ~25 min

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CfA research on twin suns, ’Oumuamua, and Betelgeuse

CfA astronomers theorize that the solar system originally had two suns as they further research a sneezing star and ‘Oumuamua.

Juan Siliezar • harvard
Sept. 4, 2020 ~9 min

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Astrophysicist works to make science understandable

Harvard’s educational mission is bringing the universe’s strangest creation to the world, as short videos about black holes have been seen by millions.

Alvin Powell • harvard
Jan. 28, 2020 ~9 min

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