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Universe 2014: Beyond Earth: Planets, Life & Intelligence in the Cosmos

Universe 2014: Beyond Earth: Planets, Life & Intelligence in the Cosmos (RSVP Required at

Attend an afternoon of science and scientific speculation sponsored by the Astronomical Society of the Pacific on Sunday, Aug. 3, from 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Hotel's Regency Ballroom in Burlingame. Event admission is free, with a suggested donation of $10 per person.

Geoff Marcy (UC Berkeley), the world's foremost planet hunter presents Finding Habitable Worlds Around Other Stars
Chris McKay (planetary scientist and astrobiologist, NASA Ames Research Center) discusses The Search for Life on Mars & The Moons of the Outer Planets
Jill Tarter (Bernard Oliver Chair, SETI Institute) presents SETI: Finding Aliens & Finding Ourselves
Panel discussion moderated by Foothill College Astronomy Instructor Andrew Fraknoi and featuring all three speakers who will address Planets & Life: What Are Our Next Steps?

To celebrate its 125th anniversary year of service to the public understanding of the cosmos, the Astronomical Society of the Pacific invites you to an afternoon of learning and thinking about some of the most exciting questions in our exploration of the universe:

What kind of planets orbit other stars?
Is there an Earth 2.0 out there?
Could life exist in strange environments, quite different from our planet's?
And could there be intelligent life beyond Earth? If so, how could we find them—or even have a conversation with them?
Only in the last few decades have such questions moved from the realm of science fiction to the realm of scientific experiment. Hear from some of the most articulate scientists in the Bay Area where we stand with our quest to explore planets and life beyond our own world.

Admission to this special event is free and open to the public, but we hope you'll make a voluntary donation of $10/person to help with the costs of the meeting. We encourage you to bring students who are ages 13 and older. Please leave younger children home. Seating is limited and first come, first served. Paid parking is available at the hotel and at several nearby lots. RSVP at

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