Exoplanets and the Search for Habitable Worlds
Wednesday, Oct. 10, 7-9 p.m.
IIC-2001, Bruneau Centre for Research and Innovation
For thousands of years people have wondered, “Are there planets like Earth?” “Are such planets common?” “Do any have signs of life?”
Today astronomers are poised to answer these ancient questions, having recently found thousands of planets that orbit nearby stars, called “exoplanets.”
Professor Sara Seager, one of the world’s leading experts on this search for Earth-like planets, will share the latest advances in this revolutionary field. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology researcher is a planetary scientist and astrophysicist dubbed the ‘astronomical Indiana Jones’. She is on a quest to find the field’s holy grail, the discovery of a true Earth twin. She also helps run the MIT-led NASA Explorer-class mission TESS, which is anticipated to find thousands of exoplanets.
Presented by Department of Earth Sciences