The field of astrophysics has been completely redefined by developments in simulation technology and ever-increasing computing power. Long gone are the days of Galileo staring through a telescope of his own design hoping to discover whether Earth orbits the Sun or vice versa. Today, groundbreaking astronomical discoveries are more often done by supercomputers, programmed to create massive simulations of anything from the creation of galaxies and stars to the existence of extraterrestrial life and the likelihood of our contact with it. In this series of interviews and essays, Alyssa and others explore the fascinating future of astronomical prediction and the implications these discoveries will have on us.
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Astrophysics with Avi Loeb:
Alyssa speaks with Harvard Astronomy Prof. Avi Loeb about his work and prediction in astrophysics. (LabXchange Version)
The Future of E.T. with Jill Tarter:
Alyssa speaks with astronomer Dr. Jill Tarter, of the SETI Institute, about her life and work, what it was like being the inspiration for the film Contact, and the future of the search for extraterrestrial intelligence. (LabXchange Version)