POSTPONED: Southern Vermont Astronomy Group: TESS & Nearby Search for Life

February 12, 2019 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Whiting Library
117 Main St
Chester, VT 05143

Are we about to encounter life beyond Earth, finally, and for real? There is a survey mission now underway to carefully seek planets orbiting our closest stellar neighbors. The Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) is now in progress, scrutinizing 85% of the celestial sphere in that effort.

This graphic-rich presentation by Claudio Veliz, includes images from the Hubble Space Telescope and other sources. The group’ll cover how the TESS mission is doing, what “exoplanets” are, what is known so far, and the methods used to find them. Veliz will talk about how we might determine the existence of alien life and which of these orbs may be considered, seriously, as future homes for our own descendants.

He will also cover ways audience members can become involved in exoplanet search projects.

SoVerA is an organization composed of amateur and professional astronomers, educators, students, and lots of members of the lay public. SoVerA is dedicated to making astronomy much more accessible to all. Talks and presentations are free and open to the public. This venue is ADA accessible.

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