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RASC Vancouver Virtual Paul Sykes Lecture - Phil Plait

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Join us for our monthly meeting. This month's meeting also serves as our annual Paul Sykes lecture. All of our monthly meetings are free and open to the public.

Location: Zoom
If the Zoom meeting is full, we will also be streaming the lecture on our YouTube channel at

Topic: Strange New Worlds: Is Earth special?

Speaker: Dr. Phil Plait (aka The Bad Astronomer)


Phil Plait is, in his own words, "an astronomer, author, scifi dork, TV documentary talking head, and all around science enthusiast." He writes the Bad Astronomy Blog for SYFY at and has worked on the Hubble Space Telescope as a NASA contractor at the Goddard Space Flight Center. His writing has appeared in Discover magazine, Sky and Telescope, Astronomy magazine, Night Sky magazine,, and more.


Since the 1990s, astronomers have found over four thousand (and counting!) exoplanets, alien worlds orbiting other stars. These planets orbit a wide variety of stars, and themselves are all wildly different; huge, small, hot, cold, airless, or with thick atmospheres. As we learn more about them, we come closer to answering the Big Questions: Is there another Earth out there? And if so, will it support life? Is Earth unique, or is the galaxy filled with blue-green worlds that look achingly like our own? In this engaging and fun talk, astronomer Phil Plait will show you how we find these planets, and how our own compares to them.

About our Events:

All RASC lectures and observing events are open to the public, family friendly, and there is no charge for admission. Our organization is run entirely by volunteers who love astronomy and astrophysics. Whether you're a complete beginner, a seasoned astronomer, or you hope to work for NASA some day, anyone fascinated by space exploration is welcome and will enjoy our events

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