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"A New Era of Discovery: In Search of Earth-Like Planets" (October 5, 2015)

Dr. Steven Kawaler, Iowa State University Professor of Physics and Astronomy
The past few years have seen some amazing discoveries of planets orbiting other stars -- solar systems that are in some cases very different from our own.  To make these discoveries possible, astronomers have developed ways to detect these planets despite the tremendous glare from the stars that they orbit.  In this presentation Dr. Kawaler provdied examples of how to find planets around other stars, and sample the variety of planetary systems that populate our galaxy -- concentrating on results from NASA's Kepler Spacecraft.  The next decade will see new discoveries with spacecraft in the planning stage that will probe the atmospheres of nearby planets and, perhaps, find evidence for life on one of these extrasolar planets.
Dr. Kawaler webpage
Iowa State University Dept. of Physics & Astonomy webpage
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