Learn about exoplanets


The NASA Kepler mission was launched in March of 2009 and has discovered more than 3,000 exoplanets, which are plants outside of our solar system.

Join Steve Howell, the project scientist for the NASA Kepler Space telescope, Saturday, July 27, at 7 p.m. in the ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center planetarium for his presentation “Exoplanets are Everywhere: Discovery by the Kepler Mission and validation by the Gemini Observatory.”

He will introduce the audience to the Kepler mission and discuss some of the major scientific discoveries. He will then detail the work on exoplanets and discuss how the Gemini Observatory is playing a leading role in their validation and characterization. He will conclude with a summary of the exoplanet systems discovered to date and their implication for our solar systems and our home world, the Earth.

Howell is currently the project scientist for the NASA Kepler Space telescope. He is a distinguished astronomer who has worked in the field for over 25 years. He has been a university professor, built instruments for the NASA Space Shuttle and telescopes at the Kitt Peak National Observatory, and now is the project scientist for NASA’s most scientifically and publicly visible mission, Kepler.

He is the author of more than 600 scientific publications, numerous popular and technical articles, has written and edited eight books on astronomy and astronomical instrumentation. He lives in Redwood City, Calif.

Tickets are $10, with member discounts.

 

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