This is so far, by far, the most interesting episode of the third season of "The Universe",
combining knowledge of the search for exoplanets with geology and biology theory to try to predict
where we might find a planet similar enough to our own to produce not only life, but a kindred civilization.
Exoplanets discussed include:
- the solar "goldilocks" habitable zone
- the galactic habitable zone
- the advancement (and partial devil's advocate debunking) of the Drake Equation
by Frank Drake and Carl Sagan
- proper size of another Earth-like planet being somewhere from 1/3 Earth mass to 10 times Earth mass.
- The Kepler Mission
- The Terrestrial Planet Finder
from the disc sleeve:
Are we alone, or is there another Earth-like planet somewhere in the universe?
What's the elusive recipe for a planet like ours? Find out how unique we are - or aren't -
in this universe filled with billions of stars and trillions of planets.
How rare would life of any kind - in particular advanced life we could communicate with -
be on any Earth-like planet we find?
- Habitable Zones
- Super Earths
- Alpha Centauri
- Kepler Mission