Speaker: Jeremy Kasdin, Ph.D.
Professor, Vice-Dean, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
Topic: In there life beyond our own solar system?
Professor Kasdin says that “The Universe is teeming with planets.” So far though, astronomers have only been able to detect potentially Earth-like planets through indirect observation. Kasdin and his NASA colleagues want to change that with a revolutionary space-based telescope and starshade. With this new observatory, astronomers and engineers could get snapshots of some of the billions of exoplanets they estimate are located in the habitable zones of other solar systems. They could also discover which exoplanets have biomarkers—qualities that are friendly to life, such as water, oxygen, and atmospheres. What’s out there?
The cost of this event is $20 which includes a wonderful all-you-can-eat brunch followed by our guest speaker.