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Discovering new worlds across the Universe

Open event, at the premises of H2B HUB Business Incubation Center of the Chamber of Heraklion, 14 Koroneou street (3rd floor).

Friday, 24th of May, 2024


Vassilis Charmandaris

Professor of Observational Astrophysics, at the Department of Physics, University of Crete

Director of the Institute of Astrophysics and Director of Skinakas Observatory

You can watch the speech (in greek) below:


Our “Cosmos”, the Universe, contains billions of galaxies, each of them having billions of stars, with most stars having several planets turning around them. Since the distances among the stars are astronomical, unlike the explorers of planet Earth, who sailed across the oceans to discover new worlds, it is impossible for one to become a new age explorer of the Universe in one’s lifetime. To reveal new worlds, we thus need to rely in the study of the faint light emitted from distant stars and understand the information encrypted in it. The new age explorers are the astronomers and their tools of the trade are big telescopes in remote mountain tops or in even in space. I will discuss how astronomers expand our knowledge about the Cosmos using the best telescope currently available, the James Webb Space Telescope.