As of October 2012, nearly 850 have been confirmed...
Join us as the Cleveland Museum of Natural History presents:
The Golden Age of Exoplanet Discovery
by Joshua Pepper, Ph.D, Vanderbilt University
"The past two decades has seen an explosion of discovery of extrasolar planets. For the first time, we can learn about the properties of other solar systems.
Even though we detect most planets indirectly, we can derive an enormous amount of information about them. We are now beginning to understand what kinds of planets and solar systems are found in our galaxy, and in the next few years, we will know how common Earthlike planets are.
Dr. Joshua Pepper will describe new results from exoplanet surveys including the Kepler space mission, and the ways in which our understandings of planet formation and evolution have been revolutionized. He will discuss how technology now allows scientists to use small robotic telescopes to discover the rarest and most scientifically valuable planets, in projects where amateur astronomers are major contributors."
This lecture is free and open to the public. Parking at the museum is also free for this presentation. Traditionally, complimentary refreshments are served in the cafe following the lecture.
Some of us may want to meet up at either the Falafel Cafe (11365 Euclid Avenue) or the former Arabica on Juniper Rd. (what is it called now?) an hour or so beforehand.
See you there :)