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Department of Astronomy: Public Lecture & Stargazing

Friday, May 17, 2013 - 8:00pm - 10:00pm
Columbia University Morningside Campus Pupin Hall: Follow signs posted in the lobby.
Every other Friday, the Astronomy Department at Columbia University sponsors public outreach. Attendees get access to astronomical information through timely lectures by members of our department aimed at a public audience. After the thirty-minute lecture, if the weather is clear, the public can proceed to the roof of Pupin Hall and be guided by volunteers in stargazing and observing through the telescopes of Rutherfurd Observatory. A slide show and discussion with an astronomer about various astronomical images happens if the weather is cloudy. "Exoplanets Everywhere!" by CUNY College of Staten Island Assistant Professor, Emily Rice. Abstract: According to the most recent results from Kepler and other surveys, exoplanets are everywhere in the Milky Way Galaxy, and likely the entire Universe. But how close are we to finding another Earth or to answering the eternal question: are we alone in the Universe? I will explain how we came to understand the ubiquity of exoplanets, describe the complexity of the current census, and foreshadow what discoveries likely lie ahead in the coming years.