Planetarium

"ARE WE ALONE?" LECTURE

"ARE WE ALONE?" LECTURE

Earths, Super-Earths and Hot Jupiters.

MARCH 15, 2012

7:30 p.m.

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Recently NASA’s Kepler Telescope has detected several potential Earth-sized ‘Goldilocks’ planets.   Located in the temperature zone where conditions are “just right” for water to exist in liquid form, these planets are thought to have the essential ingredients and environment for life to develop.  This talk will discuss the planetary conditions necessary to support life, the latest techniques used for planet detection, and the current state of knowledge of Earths, Super-Earths, and Hot-Jupiters.

 Exo planet drawing

DR. JULIE ZIFFER DELIEVRS THIS FASCINATING LECTURE ABOUT THE SEARCH FOR OTHER EARTHS.  

 

Dr. Julie Ziffer is an Assistant Professor of Physics at the University of Southern Maine where she teaches courses in Physics and Astronomy. Her current research interests focus on the surface composition of asteroids and comets. Utilizing national and space telescopes, Dr. Ziffer's research furthers our understanding of the nature and extent of water in our Solar System.

This is the first in a new series of monthly Public Science Lectures at the Southworth Planetarium.  These lectures will cover topics in all areas of science, engineering, and mathematics at a popular level – no scientific background is required, just interest!  Lectures will be held the third Thursday of each month at the Planetarium, 70 Falmouth Street, USM Portland Campus.  Lectures will last about an hour, followed by a brief Planetarium show highlighting the seasonal sky.  Light refreshments will be served.  Free parking is available at the USM Parking garage on Bedford Street as well as on-street parking.  The Planetarium is wheelchair accessible. 


Call 207-780-4249 or e-mail egleason@usm.maine.edu for reservations or for more information.

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