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DAS Public Nights

Public Nights
Tuesday and Thursday at
DU's Historic Chamberlin Observatory
Current start time is 7:30 pm
Costs to the public are:
$4.00 adults, $3.00 children

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Public Night

Annual Meeting – February 2018

When:
February 2, 2018 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
2018-02-02T19:30:00-07:00
2018-02-02T21:30:00-07:00
Where:
Olin Hall, Rm 105, U of Denver
2190 E Iliff Ave
Denver, CO 80210
USA
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Lindsey Shaw

Travis Metcalfe

Characterizing the Nearest Planetary Systems

Travis Metcalfe is a researcher and science communicator based in Boulder. His interest in astronomy began in the back yard of his family home on the Oregon coast. He received a BS in Astronomy & Physics from the University of Arizona and a PhD from the University of Texas-Austin. He worked at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder for 8 years before moving to Space Science Institute in 2012. With support from several technology companies, he runs a non-profit adopt-a-star program to fund an international research team https://adoptastar.whitedwarf.org.

“The past two decades have witnessed accelerating progress on one of the most fundamental questions in astronomy: Are we alone in the Universe? Astronomers have already discovered hundreds of planets around distant stars. Some of them are smaller than the Earth and orbit in the ‘habitable zone’ of their parent star where liquid water can exist. It remains to be seen whether biological signatures of life or evidence of radio communications can be found in these planetary systems. Our current emphasis is to determine how common such planets might be, to find as many of them as possible, and to characterize those which have already been discovered. I will give an overview of how astronomers search for planets around distant stars, and implications of recent discoveries for the chances of life in the Galaxy.”

This is the Annual Business Meeting, including report of the President and Treasurer and the election of Officers and EBoard Trustees (E-Board). See E-Board Nominations HERE.

 

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