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Extrasolar Planets

SpeakerProfessor Jon Thaler
Date Oct 27, 2012
Time 10:15 am  
Location 141 Loomis Laboratory of Physics 1110 W. Green St. Urbana IL
Sponsor Department of Physics
Contact Toni Pitts
Phone 217.244.2948
Event type Community Service
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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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