2nd Saturday Program: Exoplanets - Finding Life in the Galaxy
This artist’s concept depicts the planet GJ 1214 b, a “mini-Neptune” with what is likely a steamy, hazy atmosphere. A new study based on observations by NASA’s Webb telescope provides insight into this type of planet, the most common in the galaxy. Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech/R. Hurt (IPAC)
Learn how astronomers are searching for life on exoplanets (planets around other stars) by looking for biosignature gases in their atmospheres.
Rob Zellem is an astronomer at Nasa’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. His research is focused on the atmospheres of planets outside of our solar system. Dr. Zellem is a team member and team lead for a number of initiatives which use advanced tools, both earth and space based, to study exoplanets. He is also the charismatic and colorful leader of Exoplanet Watch, a citizen science group, which allows everyday people to reduce exoplanet transit datasets and contribute to real science.
Dr. Zellem will give his presentation via Zoom. You can watch it from home, or in person at the Ritchie Observatory in Battle Point Park. Either way, please register in advance.
After the presentation we’ll have a brief planetarium show, followed by telescope viewing (if weather permits).
General admission: $10 per person
BPAA members: $5 per person
INDIVIDUAL DATES & TIMES*
- Jun 10, 2023 at 07:00 pm - 09:00 pm (Sat)
Additional time info:
Following the presentation, there will be a planetarium show. After the planetarium show there will be telescope viewing, weather permitting.
Battle Point Drive at Skinner Road, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110