Exoplanets and How to Find Them
Article Source: Library - City of San Bruno CA
"Exoplanets and how to find them"
Coffee and The Cosmos @ the San Bruno Public Library
Saturday February 29 at 4PM
San Bruno Public Library, Downstairs Community Room
Featuring Dr. Nic J. Scott. Please join us for a talk, some refreshments and informal Q&A afterwards.
and How to Find Them: We're currently in the midst of a golden age of
astronomy. The confirmation of planets around other stars has given way
to finding countless strange and fascinating worlds and stellar systems
very unlike our own. What are some of these planets and how were they
discovered? What techniques do astronomers use to find them? How do we
know what they may be like and how may we be fooling ourselves? What is
habitable anyway? What new discoveries are we looking forward to?
Nic Scott is a lead research scientist at NASA’s Ames Research Center
in California’s Silicon Valley working on exoplanet validation and
characterization. He has been in the Bay Area for 4 years. Prior to
coming to work at NASA he worked for Georgia State University at the
Center for High Angular Resolution Astronomy Array (CHARA Array) on Mt.
Wilson just outside of Los Angeles. His specialties are
instrumentation, ground-based telescopes, high angular resolution
techniques, interferometry, and exoplanets. He finished his PhD from
GSU in 2015 and also received a cotutelle doctorate from the Paris
Observatory the same year. His current work in on interferometric
detection of exozodiacal light around nearby stars (hot dust around
nearby stars) and he is also part of the speckle imaging group that
follow-up on space-based detections of exoplanets. He's helped build
and install three speckle cameras at telescopes on Hawaii, in Chile,
and in Arizona. https://nicscott.org/