In a remarkable step in understanding the evolution of planets in our galaxy, astronomers have spotted a nearby star with seven earth-sized planets. Some of these planets could harbor liquid water, the key to life as we know it. At about 40 light years from Earth, this system of planets, known as Trappist-1, is relatively close to us in the constellation Aquarius. This is the latest discovery in NASA’s search, which has yielded a catalog of over a thousand planets.
Join us in a discussion on the evolution of planets, how exoplanets are found and details on the first results of this discovery.
The lecture will be on held Sunday, March 26th at 2 p.m at ISEC, the InfoAge Space Exploration Center, 2300 Marconi Road, Wall, New Jersey.
ISEC is located in Building 9162, adjacent to the 60 foot TLM-18 dish antenna.
Lectures are free to the public with a suggested donation of $10.00
Frank O’Brien has been volunteering at InfoAge since 2003, and is a Solar System Ambassador for NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. He is the author of a very successful book on the Apollo Guidance Computer, and gives monthly lectures on all aspects of spaceflight.