Film: The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (2005) plus the short "Into Deep Space"
Time: Monday, 06 August, 2012, 17.45
Venue: Filmhouse, Lothian Road, Edinburgh
Tickets: Please buy tickets from the Filmhouse
The speaker will introduce the topic in a 10 minute presentation before the film and will also lead a post-film discussion with the audience
Film: The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (PG)
Mere seconds before the Earth is to be demolished by an alien construction crew, journeyman Arthur Dent is swept off the planet by his friend Ford Prefect, a researcher penning a new edition of "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.
See also: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0371724/
Short: Into Deep Space (13 mins) by Anne Milne and Alberto Iordanov
‘Into Deep Space’ looks at the question of life outside of the solar system, focussing on the work of Dr Duncan Forgan – a theoretical astronomer from the University of Edinburgh – and Grant Miller, an observational astronomer based at the University of St. Andrews. Grant uses the James Gregory Telescope in St. Andrews to study exoplanets and part of Duncan’s work involves theoretical calculations and computer simulations – incorporating the latest exoplanet data – to improve our understanding of how and where we might expect to see life appearing in the Galaxy.
Guest Speaker: Prof. Charles Cockell
Prof Charles Cockell is the Director of the UK Centre for Astrobiology here in Edinburgh. His laboratory is interested in life in extreme environments. Of particular interest is the interactions of microbes with minerals and the function and diversity of microbes in rocky environments. This work is applied to diverse areas in astrobiology and earth sciences.