In our new monthly speaker series, special guests bring the most relevant topics in space science and astronomy to the Planetarium.
Dr. Jennifer Burt is a scientist at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory where she focuses on the detection and characterization of small planets orbiting bright, nearby stars using telescopes around the globe. She now works inside NASA's Exoplanet Exploration Program Office at JPL to support the radial velocity community as we work towards the next big goal of detecting Earth-like planets orbiting in the habitable zones of Sun-like stars.
Dr. Burt's presentation will explore how the exoplanet landscape has evolved rapidly over the last 25 years, as we have moved from knowing about just a handful of planets orbiting outside our solar system in the late 1990s to now having more than 5000 confirmed exoplanets in 2022. She will discuss the recent advancements in both science and technology that are enabling the discovery and characterization of hundreds of small planets orbiting bright, nearby stars, as well as touch on the steps required to proceed from our current science capabilities to NASA's future goal of directly imaging Earth-analog planets, Earth-like planets orbiting in the Habitable Zone of Sun-like stars.
Followed by a Q&A session. Starts 7 p.m.
Admission is free, but seats are limited.
Tickets are required. Check-in and reception starts at 6 p.m.