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SECRET SCIENCE CLUB PRESENTS PLANET HUNTER JEREMY KASDIN
Jul 14, 2015 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm| Free
Is there life beyond our own solar system?
“The Universe is teeming with planets,” says Princeton’s Jeremy Kasdin. So far though, astronomers have only been able to detect potentially Earth-like planets through indirect observation. Kasdin and his NASA colleagues want to change that with a revolutionary space-based telescope and starshade. With this new observatory, astronomers and engineers could get snapshots of some of the billions of exoplanets they estimate are located in the habitable zones of other solar systems. They could also discover which exoplanets have biomarkers—qualities that are friendly to life, such as water, oxygen, and atmospheres. What’s out there?
Jeremy Kasdin is principal investigator for the Exo-Starshade project, part of NASA’s Exoplanet Exploration Program, professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering and applied sciences at Princeton University, and head of Princeton’s High Contrast Imaging Laboratory. He researches space optics, spacecraft design and control, and astrodynamics.
Before & After
–Countdown to launch with our cosmic cocktails (they’ll knock you into orbit)
–Groove to tunes from alien worlds and dimensions
–Stick around for the interplanetary Q&A