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Studying the habitability of Earth, the Solar System, and Exoplanets
Studying the habitability of Earth, the Solar System, and Exoplanets

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First Earth-like Worlds Workshop
Scientists from Puerto Rico get together to study habitable planets.

One of the main goals of exoplanet science is the detection and characterization of Earth-like planets. So far, there are about 30 exoplanets considered potentially habitable out of the nearly two thousands already confirmed. However, some or all of these planets might turn out not suitable for life depending on their bulk composition and atmospheric properties.

The Planetary Habitability Laboratory of the UPR Arecibo is organizing a workshop to work on present and future problems on the characterization of Earth-like worlds. The purpose of this workshop is to initiate new multidisciplinary research collaborations on the chemical and biological constraints for simple and complex life on Earth-like planets.

Scientists and graduate students from Puerto Rico interested in the search for life in the universe, especially those with a biology or chemistry background, are invited to this two-hour workshop. The workshop will be held on Thursday, April 30, 2015 from 10AM to 12 Noon at the ISMuL Conference Room of the University of Puerto Rico at Arecibo.

The workshop is sponsored by the Planetary Habitability Laboratory (PHL), the NASA Astrobiology Institute (NAI), the Integrated Science Multi-use Laboratory (ISMuL), and the Center for Research and Creation (CIC) at the University of Puerto Rico at Arecibo (UPR Arecibo).

More information is available on phl.upr.edu/press-releases/ew2. Register online or send an email to abel.mendez@upr.edu or call ISMuL at (787) 815-0000 x3680/3690 or (787) 817-4611. Spaces are limited.

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21 potentially habitable worlds now in the Habitable Exoplanets Catalog

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'Exoplanets on Sight' is a workshop for K-12 students where they learn about planets around other stars (exoplanets) and how chemistry affect their colors. The activity of the workshop is to create and paint an original planets based on its composition or simply being artistic. Here are images of the planet created by 24 middle school students during the ISMuL-NASA STEM Summer Academy 2013 at the University of Puerto Rico at Arecibo.
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Exoplanets on Sight 2013
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A New Habitable Zone: Earth is situated at the very inner edge of the habitable zone

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Conferencia: Mundos Habitables y la Búsqueda de Vida Extraterrestres. Jueves 6 de diciembre a las 7 PM de la noche en el Anfiteatro de la UPR de Arecibo.

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Share your opinion and ideas about the Habitable Exoplanets Catalog for its first anniversary next week, Wednesday December 5th, 2012.
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