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The ISU Planetarium Presents Exoplanets: The Quest for Strange New Worlds
The Illinois State University Planetarium is offering the first in a series of free space-related lectures in the Planetarium, on February 23 at 7 PM. The presentation, recorded earlier, features Dr. Eric Mamajek, Deputy Program Chief Scientist, NASA Exoplanet Exploration Program at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, in Pasadena, California.
Dr. Mamajek’s presentation is part of NASA/JPL’s 2017 von Kármán Lecture Series and titled “Exoplanets: The Quest for Strange New Worlds.” Dr. Mamajek explores the latest finding from the Kepler space telescope, along with other space missions and ground-based observatories searching for worlds around distant stars.
Dr. Mamajek describes a variety of planets orbiting other suns, examining how common these worlds are and putting into perspective our unique planet, the Earth. Afterwards ISU Planetarium Director and volunteer NASA/JPL Ambassador Thomas Willmitch will lead a discussion related to exoplanets.
This presentation is free and open to the public. Seating is limited and available on a first-come basis. The ISU Planetarium is located under the white domed roof at the eastern end of Felmley Hall of Science. Felmley Hall is located on the northeast corner of the ISU campus at the intersection of School Street and College Avenue. Nearby parking is available in the ISU visitor lot, located on Locust Street.
For more information, please call the ISU Planetarium’s Skyline at (309) 438-5007 or visit our web site by Googling the Illinois State University Planetarium.