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Exoplanets!

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 :)

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  • Tim C.

    Requires lots of measurements and independent verification as well as very very precise equipment. The technology has been improved to the point where these factors are accounted for. Keep in mind that for the appr 850 confirmed exoplanets, there are almost 3000 "candidates".

    November 16, 2012

  • Dale

    Seems like the signal from all these 8 0r 9 methods used for detecting planets would be so weak as to be practically indistinguishable from background noise, such as detecting the wobble of a distant sun.

    November 16, 2012

  • Dale

    I like these lectures at the CMNH. hope there will be more to come.

    November 16, 2012

  • Suzy W.

    So sorry I messed up and wasn't able to find a close enough parking spot and didn't want to come in really late. Next time I will think ahead!

    November 16, 2012

  • Mark T.

    Very interesting presentation- simply amazing, the precision involved in the methods of detecting exoplanets. Sorry everyone didn't get a chance to hook up... quite a crowd there. It's great to see so many NE Ohioans with this much interest in science!

    November 16, 2012

  • Mark T.

    I suggest the Falafel Cafe at the corner of Euclid Ave. and Ford if anyone wants to grab a bite to eat beforehand. http://falafelcafecleveland.com/ I'm going to try to be there by 6:30 (the meetup at the museum is scheduled for 7:30, but the lecture itself begins at 8). Parking for Falafel used to be easy- the lot directly across Ford Ave. used to be meters, but now it's a pay station lot that charges an "overnight rate" of $4.00 after 6pm :( Metered spots along Euclid Ave. are free after 6pm, though... also, parking may be found on the side streets off of Ford/East Blvd. between Falafel & the museum.

    November 15, 2012

    • Suzy W.

      I'm not going to dinner first, so I will see you at the Museum!

      November 15, 2012

  • Tim C.

    Was already planning to attend this lecture, but always cool to meet up with the group as well!

    October 23, 2012

  • Linas K M.

    LOL - I just showed this to my 12 going on 13 yr old son, his first question, are they going to discuss Kepler-22b????

    October 23, 2012

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