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Lecture touches on aliens

Serelisoni Moceica
Wednesday, October 26, 2011

IS there life on other worlds?

The said topic was the gist of a public lecture held recently at the University of the South Pacific, conducted by renowned astronomy professor from the University of Canterbury John Hearnshaw.

In a USP statement, the lecture included life development elsewhere in the universe from an astronomer's perspective.

"We believe that nothing in the universe is truly unique and that almost certainly life similar to that on Earth has evolved elsewhere," Professor Hearnshaw said.

He said life on earth probably evolved from the earthly atmosphere of methane, ammonia and water vapour forming more than four million years ago.

Professor Hearnshaw is a renowned figure in astronomy in New Zealand.