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.

Exoplanets 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?

Dr. 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/

Barbara Bruxvoort

Library Services Manager

650-616-7078; bruxvoort@plsinfo.org


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