Lisa Kaltenegger

  • Fascinating New Worlds
  • In search of life in space
  • Lecture

The question of whether there are other planets like the Earth in the universe, and whether there are life forms that are similar to our species or fundamentally different, has occupied mankind for a long time. In recent years, special telescopes have discovered hundreds of planets in our galaxy that could be similar to Earth.

The astrophysicist Prof. Lisa Kaltenegger explores such planets. She explains what is important in the search for life in the universe, what we already know about so-called exoplanets and what the light fingerprint of a planet is all about.

After her doctorate she searched for extrasolar Earth-like planets for the European Space Agency ESA. This was followed by stations at Harvard and the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy in Heidelberg. She is director of the Carl Sagan Institute at Cornell University, which she founded in 2015 and where she has been researching since 2014, and author of “Are we alone in the universe?

In cooperation with the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy