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Jobs with the Stars

BBC Stargazing Live
Lewis Dartnell – Astrobiologist
Each week more planets are being discovered orbiting distant stars and some of them could be capable of supporting life. If they do, what would it be like? That’s what Lewis hopes to discover.

BBC Sky at Night

The Sky at Night annual special show in 2010 was on the search for life beyond the Earth, and I was invited to head the programme to talk about my research and introduce all the diverse topics within astrobiology. I chatted with Sir Patrick Moore about everything from the origins of life on our world, to the possibility of aliens swarming deep beneath the rusty surface of Mars or high in the cloud decks of Venus, to humaity’s chances of ever meeting intelligent life in our galaxy. Watch the Sky at Night clip, originally televised in March 2010 [6 mins]:

I was invited back on to Sky at Night when Patrick was celebrating his milestone episode ‘700 Not Out’, along with special guests Brian Cox and Jon Culshaw. Watch a short clip of one of the questions I was asked:

I  also feel honoured to have appeared on the final episode of Sky at Night that Patrick himself presented, before sadly passing away in December 2012. I talked with Chris Lintott about the latest exoplanet discoveries.