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von Kármán Lecture - Beyond the Pale Blue Dot: Seeing Distant Planets

Friday, February 7, 2020
7:00pm to 8:30pm
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Beckman Auditorium
Rich Terrile, Astronomer and Voyager Imaging Team Member, NASA-JPL,
Rob Zellem, Exoplanetary Astronomer, NASA-JPL,
  • Public Event

On the 30th anniversary of the "Pale Blue Dot" image taken by NASA's Voyager mission, we'll look at the impact of that image and other distant views of Earth. We'll then turn to the quest to photograph another Earth—an exoplanet orbiting another star—as its own pale blue dot.

Join us for a discussion about perspective: the value of what a single pixel can tell us and what it can make us feel.

Von Kármán Lectures are presented twice monthly, once at JPL and once in Caltech's Beckman Auditorium, and are free and open to the public. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Online registration via Eventbrite is requested for the von Kármán Lectures held at Caltech. There is no online registration for von Kármán Lectures held at JPL.


About the Series

The Theodore von Kármán Lecture Series, named after JPL's founder, and presented by JPL's Office of Communication and Education, brings the excitement of the space program's missions, instruments and other technologies to both JPL employees and the local community. Lectures take place twice per month, on consecutive Thursdays and Fridays. The Thursday lectures take place in JPL's Theodore von Kármán Auditorium and are streamed live via Ustream, and Friday lectures take place at Caltech. Both start at 7:00 p.m. Admission and parking are free for all lectures. No reservations are required, but seating is limited. Caltech manages JPL for NASA.

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