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November 10, 2017

Public Lecture by Italian Astrophysicist, University Doctor Honoris Causa, Massimo Capaccioli


Karazin University has held the second day of the II International USERN Congress and USERN Festival with the participation of the world’s leading scientists and scholars. Its purpose was the communication among Ukrainian young scientists and scholars and world’s leading specialists. In particular, among the key speakers were world-renowned scientists and scholars from Great Britain, Italy, Canada, Germany and the USA.

The Italian astrophysicist, full professor of the University of Naples Federico II, Massimo Capaccioli, delivered a lecture “Are We Alone”? The lecturer thoroughly analyzed the statement about the existence of life on other planets, which has been repeatedly spoken by different scientists and scholars. In particular, Democritus, Epicurus and Lucretius were the first to make this statement.

The lecturer suggested searching for an answer to the question about the existence of alien civilizations and their location by using Drake’s Equation — formula used to calculate the number of extraterrestrial civilizations in the Milky Way Galaxy the humanity probably can come in contact with.

“There exists 500 billion galaxies, each of them is composed of 100 billion stars that probably have a planetary system. That is why the planets similar to the Earth are found around the stars that resemble the Sun,” stressed in his report Mr. Capaccioli pointing out that the planets have over 20% of the sun-like stars.

At the end of the event, there was held a discussion.

For reference. The USERN is a network uniting the best scientists and scholars of various scientific fields aimed at peaceful humanitarian development of education and scientific research all over the world, the creation of new educational programs and the realization of joint research projects.

Translation by Karyna Posmetna 

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