Is There A Needle In The Haystack? – Artur Prado e Lucas Amorim

Is There A Needle In The Haystack?  - Artur Prado e Lucas Amorim

Is There A Needle In The Haystack? Using Python To Narrow Down The Search For Life In Our Galaxy

The Milky Way is a spiral galaxy, but what you might not know is that life in any planet – or moon, or basically anything – that crosses one of the Galaxy’s arms is (probably) doomed.

Looking for life in other planets is a herculean task, there are just too many of them. But what if we can look only into those that, like our solar system, swirls calmly around, never crossing the danger zone? That can make the task doable.

Why are the arms dangerous? Why does our sun look safe? What does it have to do with code (hint: it has something to do with Python and galpy)? Well, come aboard and see it yourself.

Artur is a developer, a speaker, and a writer. He has 9 years of experience with Ruby on Rails and 5 with C#. He worked in the largest magazine publisher in Brazil, building high-performance websites like, with 90 million page views per month and 6 million unique visitors. In 2004 he won the 3rd place in the Brazilian stage of Microsoft Imagine Cup.

He is currently working at Youse, a startup that aims to change the insurance market with a strong focus on innovation and technology.

Lucas Sampaio Amorim – Student of Astronomy and Physics at the University of São Paulo, Brazil.

Currently working on the structure and dynamics of the galactic spiral arms through the study of open clusters.
As a science communicator, Lucas has given interviews at radio stations, and given talks at companies that search a broader range of speakers, and also at schools that want to motivate their students into the research scientist career. He studies at the country’s most prestigious educational institution, at the Institute of Astronomy, Geophysics and Atmospheric Sciences, one of the major Earth and Universe Sciences research centers in Brazil. In his Scientific Initiation project he aims to interpret the initial conditions of open clusters, related to the spiral arm they were born in, using programming and data from the GAIA survey.

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