Night Skies in the Observatory: "How to find another Earth … Nearby"

Thu, 01/12/2017 - 18:00 - 21:00
Professor James Aguirre (UPenn)

In the last twenty years, the notion that planets exist outside our solar system has moved from informed speculation to hard, observational science.  James will discuss how we find planets outside the solar system, what our prospects are for finding planets truly nearby, and what characteristics those planets might have.

Hosted by Franklin Institute Chief Astronomer Derrick Pitts, Night Skies in the Observatory is a monthly stargazing event held in the Joel N. Bloom Observatory. View celestial objects in the night sky, including stars, planets, nebulae, and if conditions are right, a galaxy or two, from 5 different rooftop telescopes in the Observatory. The evening includes shows in the Fels Planetarium and a lecture or presentation appropriate for ages 8 and up on an astronomical or space science topic. The Observatory is staffed with knowledgeable observers and free star maps are provided.

Anyone (faculty, postdos, grad students) wanting a free ticket should contact Jane Horwitz ( by Monday 1/9/17? Details here


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