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Stargazing Lecture

Friday, August 12, 2016
8:00pm to 10:00pm
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Cahill Center for Astronomy and Astrophysics
You Can't Spell Exoplanets without Ex(ecutions)
Jessie Christiansen, Staff Scientist, IPAC, Caltech,

In our quest to conquer a species-wide loneliness in our own Solar System, we have pushed our thoughts, our dreams, and our technology ever further to find life on other planets. This has resulted in an astonishing era of discovery… but, not without some misadventures (including accusations of heresy and executions)! I will present a tour through 400+ years of wondering about, looking for, and ultimately finding planets around other stars. We will examine some of the more incredibly unexpected planets that populate our Galaxy, and finally, we will look forward to some possible surprises the Universe has in store for us.

About the Series

Stargazing Lectures are free lectures at a public level followed by guided stargazing with telescopes (weather permitting). All events are held at the Cahill Center for Astronomy and Astrophysics at Caltech. No reservations are needed. Lectures are 30 minutes; stargazing lasts 90 minutes. Stay only as long as you want.

Stargazing is only possible with clear skies, but the lecture, slideshow, and Q&A takes place regardless of weather.

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For more information, please contact Cameron Hummels by email at [email protected].