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Nerd Nite: an expolanet double feature!

  • Feb 25, 2013 · 6:30 PM

This month Nerd Nite is bringing you a double dose of space exploration awesomeness. You are urged, as always, to be there and be square with your fabulous new, nerdy friends and ample amounts of beer!

Doors at 6:30, talks at 7:30
$5 Cover

Talk #1: Planets, planets, everywhere - Dr. Tyler Robinson

Twenty years ago, astronomers thought they knew what planetary systems were like. However, in the last two decades, the discovery of nearly 1,000 exoplanets---or planets that orbit other suns---have told us that we are only beginning to understand the many sizes, shapes, and kinds of worlds that exist in our galaxy. One particular type of world remains elusive, though---a world like our own.

Tyler is an astronomer, planetary scientist, and astrobiologist at the University of Washington. He received his Ph.D. in 2012, and is a Pacific Science Center Science Communication Fellow. When he isn't thinking about finding life on other planets, he has a healthy obsession with roasting, brewing, and preparing coffee.

Talk #2 Help! I'm trapped on this stupid planet! - Tim Lloyd

Out of the multitude of exoplanets that we've discovered, what are the odds that a few of them host civilizations capable of rocket-powered spaceflight? How can we even begin to answer such a question? Just how hard is it to launch a rocket, anyway? Learn a bit about how rockets work here on and around Earth, and see if we can't figure out how difficult it would be for potential inhabitants of some recently-discovered exoplanets to launch their own rockets.

Tim is a rocket scientist with an MS in Aerospace Engineering and Bioastronautics from the University of Colorado. He spends his days designing systems to keep people alive in space, and some of his evenings and weekends tutoring high school students and selling space travel supplies at 826 Seattle.

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