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Scientists in Larnaca explore planet formation

MORE than 120 scientists are participating in an international conference on ‘Disc Dynamics and Planet Formation’ taking place at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLAN) Cyprus Campus, on the outskirts of Larnaca.

In statements to the Cyprus News Agency, the organiser of the conference astrophysicist Dimitris Stamatellos from the University of Central Lancashire, Preston, said that the scientific community is very much interested in the creation of the planets both of our solar system and beyond that.

“This is a very crucial issue which is linked to the question we would like to answer concerning the possibility of the existence of other civilisations around other stars and whether we can communicate with them”, he told CNA.

The conference, which ends on Friday, is attended by astrophysicists from universities in Great Britain, France, the US, Russia, Germany, Japan, Chile, China, Brazil, Sweden, The Netherlands and the European Space Agency and marks the 20th anniversary since the discovery of the first exoplanet in 1995.

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