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Extrasolar Planets

Event Type
Community Service
Sponsor
Department of Physics
Location
141 Loomis Laboratory of Physics 1110 W. Green St. Urbana IL
Date
Oct 27, 2012   10:15 am  
Speaker
Professor Jon Thaler
Contact
Toni Pitts
E-Mail
sat_physics@physics.illinois.edu
Phone
217.244.2948
Views
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Originating Calendar
Physics - Saturday Physics for Everyone

To date, extrasolar-planet searches like NASA's Kepler Mission have found 777 planets that orbit other stars. One exciting goal of these projects is to find a planet that orbits within the "habitable zone" of its star and is sufficiently Earth-like to (perhaps) sustain life. I will talk about how extrasolar planets are found and how we might be able to determine whether they actually contain life.

Kepler space telescope

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