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Europe to the Stars — Chapter 7 — Finding Life [HD]

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This is the seventh chapter of the movie "Europe to the Stars — ESO's First 50 Years of Exploring the Southern Sky". In this episode we look at one of the greatest quests that astronomers have pursued over the centuries: the search for life in the Universe. ESO has played an important role in this exciting journey. The ESO 3.6-metre telescope is one of the most successful planet hunters. Thanks to its HARPS spectrograph, astronomers have discovered more than 150 planets. Other important milestones in the study of exoplanets have been reached by the Very Large Telescope (VLT). For instance, a team of astronomers took the very first image of a planet outside the Solar System in 2004 (eso0428). Moreover, astronomers have been also able to analyse the atmosphere of a super-Earth, the planet GJ 1214b, which is 2.6 times larger than the Earth. They were able to characterise the atmosphere of this type of object for the first time and found that this planet is probably a hot and steamy world (eso1047). The next challenge for planet hunters is to spot Earth-like planets in the habitable zones around nearby stars. Hopefully, when the European Extremely Large Telescope is completed, it may also find evidence for biospheres on these planets: the first fingerprints of life outside the Solar System. Watch this episode to discover more about ESO's role in the quest for life in the Universe. To see the episodes of the movie "Europe to the Stars": http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL6vzpF_OEV8lsRVIqn0-lqPcTcC1h_VYs Release date: 4 October 2012 Credit: An European Southern Observatory (ESO) production Directed by: Lars Lindberg Christensen Art Direction, Production Design: Martin Kornmesser Producer: Herbert Zodet Written by: Govert Schilling 3D animations and graphics: Martin Kornmesser & Luis Calçada Editing: Martin Kornmesser Cinematography: Herbert Zodet & Peter Rixner Sound engineer: Cristian Larrea Audio Mastering: Peter Rixner Host & Lead Scientist: Dr J (Dr Joe Liske, ESO) Narration: Sara Mendes da Costa Soundtrack & Sound Effects: movetwo — Axel Kornmesser & Markus Löffler & zero-project (zero-project.gr) Proof reading: Anne Rhodes Technical support: Lars Holm Nielsen, Raquel Yumi Shida & Mathias Andre DVD Authoring: Andre Roquette Executive producer: Lars Lindberg Christensen Footage and photos: ESO Christoph Malin (christophmalin.com) Babak Tafreshi/TWAN Stéphane Guisard (eso.org/~sguisard) José Francisco Salgado (josefrancisco.org) Alexandre Santerne Nick Risinger (skysurvey.org) Martin Kornmesser Herbert Zodet J. Dommaget/J. Boulon/J. Doornenbal/W. Schlosser/F.K. Edmondson/A. Blaauw/Rademakers/R. Holder Mineworks Daniel Crouch/Rare Books (crouchrarebooks.com) Getty Images Royal Astronomical Society/Science Photo Library Jay M. Pasachoff Chris de Coning/South African Library/Warner-Madear Africana Museum/Warner Leiden University G. Brammer Mauricio Anton/Science Library NASA/Spitzer Science Center/R. Hurt VISTA/J. Emerson Digitized Sky Survey 2 MPE/S. Gillessen/M. Schartmann PIONIER/IPAG Rainer Lenzen/MPIA Heidelberg West-Eastern Divan Orchestra in Berlin by KolBerlin Davide De Martin Cambridge Astronomical Survey Unit IDA/Danish 1.5 m/R. Gendler and C. Thöne Mario Nonino, Piero Rosati and the ESO GOODS Team ALMA (ESO/NAOJ/NRAO) The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope Matthias Maercker Igor Chekalin Hans-Hermann Heyer Edmund Janssen Luis Calçada Scott Kardel Tom Jarrett, Kevin Govender Sergey Stepanenko ESA NASA IAU/IYA2009 T. Preibisch R. Fosbury (ST-ECF) INAF-VST/OmegaCAM OmegaCen/Astro-WISE/Kapteyn Institute A. Fujii J.-B. Le Bouquin et al. D. Coe (STScI)/J. Merten (Heidelberg/Bologna) Gemini Observatory/NRC/AURA/Christian Marois et al. M. Janson Jean-Luc Beuzit IAC (SMM) and ESPRESSO consortium T.M. Brown (STScI) UltraVISTA team, TERAPIX/CNRS/INSU/CASU World Wide Telescope