Professor has answers to questions about aliens

Scientist Paul Murdin, speaking at Off the Shelf
Scientist Paul Murdin, speaking at Off the Shelf
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Paul Murdin – Are We Being Watched? The Auditorium

Have you ever wondered if alien life-forms exist on other planets out there somewhere?

An expert scientist is coming to Sheffield to speak on the subject.

Professor Paul Murdin, a distinguished astronomer with an international reputation, is giving an illustrated talk to explore the possibility of extra-terrestrial life in the universe.

He investigates how life might have developed on other planets, what forms it could take and how we might communicate with aliens.

He describes the habitats that exist on alien worlds and examines the photographs that show conditions on Mars and elsewhere in the Solar System.

This talk is part of the Off the Shelf literary festival and the organisers say this is “a must-see event for anybody who has wondered if there’s anyone waiting for us to discover them”.

Paul Murdin discovered the first black hole in our galaxy in 1971.

He has been president of the European Astronomical Society, Director of Science in the British National Space Centre and treasurer of the Royal Astronomical Society.

He has published around 150 scientific papers, edited the specialist multi-volume Encyclopedia of Astronomy and Astrophysics and is the author of numerous books, including Secrets of the Universe.

n The venue for his talk is in the University of Sheffield Union of Students on Western Bank.

Tickets are £8/£6.50 (concessions). They are available from the Students’ Union Box Office on Western Bank in advance, online from or pay on the door on the night.