THURSDAY (05/16): Free Public Lecture – “Are We Alone? : Searching for Earth’s Twin”

This week, UW Astrobiology presents:

Are We Alone? : Searching for Earth’s Twin
Jon Jenkins, NASA’s Kepler Mission

When: Thursday, May 16, 2013 – 7:30pm (doors open at 7pm)
Where: 120 Kane Hall, University of Washington

For the past four years, NASA’s Kepler spacecraft has been searching for Earth-size planets orbiting Sun-like stars in the “habitable zone”—where liquid water could exist on a planet and perhaps support alien biology. Exquisitely precise monitoring of 200,000 stars has revealed more than 2700 probable planets, of which 122 have been independently confirmed. The most recent discoveries include a planetary system with five planets, of which two are in the habitable zone, and have diameters of 1.4 and 1.7 times that of Earth. Dr. Jenkins will also give a brief overview of the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS), NASA’s next mission to detect Earth’s closest cousins.

This event is FREE and open to the public! Please join us!