Astronomy Section

Thursday March 1st, 7:30pm
Milton Room, Cawthron Institute. (The Milton Room is located at corner of Milton Street
and Halifax Street.

March 1st: Jenny Pollock: Why does Earth have complex life (when no other planets or moons in our solar system do)?

The puzzle of why Earth has life, and complex life at that, is one that is often explained by the distance Earth is from the Sun and the resulting presence of liquid water. But the reasons are much more complicated than that and complex life only developed because of a myriad of different conditions and features that all interacted. Simple life might possibly exist elsewhere in our Solar System, on bodies such as Mars, Europa, Enceladus and Titan, but not complex life. Why not?