SHAO Astrophysics Colloquia 


Title: Habitability and the Coming Golden Decades of Exoplanet Observations

Speaker: Feng Tian (Tsinghua University) 

Time: Thursday, 3:00pm, March 19th 

Location: Lecture Hall, 3rd floor 


Abstract: 20 years after the discovery of the first exoplanet, scientists on the Earth are at the gate of a new era -- observing planets similar to their own planet in the solar system around other stars, low mass stars in particular. This effort could potentially answer the long standing and arguably the most important scientific and philosophical question to human beings: are they alone in the Universe? However, such a promising and exciting scientific endeavor is not without hurdles. Currently there is a debate on what types of planets around what types of stars should be considered habitable within the scientific community on the Earth, based on the narrow perspective of life on the Earth. This debate is important because given the limited amount of funding and time available to this intelligent species, only the most promising planets will be selected as the targets for future telescope observations. In this talk the most recent developments on planetary habitability and exoplanet missions selected by international space agencies on the Earth will be reviewed. It is concluded that despite the uncertainties regarding planetary habitability, a Golden Decades of exoplanet observations will arrive after 2020, which will settle most current debates on planetary habitability and help to better understand some imminent problems faced by the human being society. 


SHAO-USTC Lecture:黑洞吸积以及天体物理应用(I) 

Speaker: Defu Bu(SHAO) 

Time: Wednesday, 2:00pm, March 18th

Location: Room 1617 


Group meetings and additional talks   

Blackhole accretion and High-energy astrophysics Seminar

Location: 1608; Contact: Qixiang Yang <>   

Title: The Radio and X-ray Coupling in Radio-Quiet AGN  

Speaker: Fu-Guo Xie  

Time: Tuesday, 2:00 pm, Mar 17  


Title: On the large-scale outflows in active galactic nuclei: consequences of coupling the mass supply rate and accretion luminosity  

Speaker: Amin 

Time: Friday, 10:00 am, Mar 20 


Research Center for Galaxy and Cosmology is the division engaging on the astrophysical research in Shanghai Astronomical Observatory. The research area includes cosmology, large scale structure, galaxy formation and evolution, the active galactic nucleus and compact objects, the star cluster and the structure of the Milk Way etc.

CGC participates in many international sky survey projects, including the LAMOST sky survey, the Sloan Digital Sky Survey IV ,BigBoss,LSST etc. CGC maintains close partnerships with many astronomical   research institutes.

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