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Thursday, September 15, 2016
Announcement: "UoH - Exoplanets: Discovering New Worlds"
"Exoplanets: Discovering New Worlds"
By: Dr. J.D. Armstrong
Friday, Sept 16th at 9:30 PM PDT
Institute for Astronomy - U. Hawaii Astronomy Amphitheater:
Alliance, Chaminade University (49, 205, 4002)
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Scientists have discovered thousands of “exoplanets” - planets orbiting other stars. These new worlds could harbor new life and new civilizations. But when we look at stars with even the most powerful telescopes we see only a point of light. Somewhere in that point of light is the planets that scientists claim to detect. How can we tell from just a point of light that there are planets, their size and mass? If these planets exist, what does it tell us about the possibility of any cosmic neighbors?