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Astronomy Lecture to Feature World's Top Planet Hunter
March 05, 2008
7 to 8:30 p.m.
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As part of the ninth annual Silicon Valley Astronomy Lecture Series, Astronomer Geoff Marcy--the scientist who has discovered more planets than anyone else in history--will present New Worlds & Yellowstone: How Common Are Habitable Planets?, a non-technical multimedia lecture, Wednesday, March 5, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the Smithwick Theatre at Foothill College. Admission is free and the public is invited. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Arrive early to locate parking. Star Trek and Star Wars would have us believe that the universe is teeming with habitable planets and advanced species of life. In reality, after the discovery of more than 250 planets orbiting other stars, both Earth-like planets and extraterrestrial intelligence have proved elusive. Soon, however, new telescopes will begin hunting such planets. Hear what these telescopes are likely to find and whether they might spark a new era when we might begin communication with alien life. Dr. Geoff Marcy is professor of astronomy and director of the Center for Integrative Planetary Science at the University of California, Berkeley. He won the Shaw Prize, one of the highest honors in science, in 2005 and was Discover Magazines Space Scientist of the Year. He and his co-workers pioneered the technique for finding planets around other stars without seeing light from the planet by looking for wobbles and wiggles in the motion of the star each planet orbits. By using this technique. he discovered 70 of the first 100 planets discovered beyond our solar system. He was one of the youngest scientists elected to the National Academy of Sciences. The free lecture series is sponsored by the Foothill College Astronomy Program, NASA Ames Research Center, SETI Institute and Astronomical Society of the Pacific. Past lectures from the series are available online in MP3-format at Visitors must purchase a campus parking permit for $2. Parking lots 1, 7 and 8 provide access to the theatre. For more information, access or call (650) 949-7888.
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