Kepler and the Search for Other Earths lecture is November 17

(11-03-2010)

NASA is searching for other planets like our earth. The Adams State College Fall 2010 Faculty Lecture by Dr. Robert Astalos, associate professor of physics, "Kepler and the Search for Other Earths" starts at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 17, in Porter Hall (the science building) room 130.

Kepler is a current NASA mission that is looking for planets around other stars. It's special because it is able to find planets that are the size of Earth or even smaller. That's important because first, we are most likely to discover signs of life on Earth-sized planets, and second, finding terrestrial planets will help us refine our model of solar system formation and evolution. This talk will address these issues and others, including: Why name a current mission after a man who lived 400 years ago? How does Kepler detect tiny planets that it can't see? How many exoplanets were known before Kepler? What results are available so far? Why is it going to take 3 to 5 years to confirm some of these planets?

All talks are free and the public is invited. Complimentary light refreshments will be offered. For further information on the series of lectures, contact Dr. Robert Astalos, associate professor of physics, at 719-587-7821, or by email: rjastalos@adams.edu.