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Stargazing Lecture

Friday, April 20, 2018
8:00pm to 10:00pm
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Cahill, Hameetman Auditorium
On the Road to a Billion Planets
Jessie Christiansen, Staff Scientist, IPAC, Caltech,

Over the last 30 years, the number of planets discovered outside our solar system has increased exponentially. We are now poised at an incredibly exciting time where we are moving from characterization of these individual exoplanets to studying their populations. What we are finding over and over again is that nature has more imagination than we do! The number and configurations of solar systems we have found has, in fact, raised far more questions than it has answered. I will discuss some of the most interesting discoveries, and introduce the NASA TESS mission, which will provide thousands of new planets (and questions!) for us to explore.

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].