MELBOURNE, FLA.—The next presentation of Florida Institute of Technology’s Astronomy and Astrophysics Lecture Series, “The Crowded Universe: The Search for Living Planets,” will be given by Alan P. Boss, of the Department of Terrestrial Magnetism at Carnegie Institution for Science. The free lecture will be Jan. 25 from 8 to 9 p.m. in the F.W. Olin Engineering Complex, Room EC118, on campus. There will be a rooftop public star viewing following the presentation if weather permits.
This lecture will focus on the discovery and study of planets in our galaxy outside of our solar system. With data coming back from the recent Kepler and CoRoT space telescopes, more planetary bodies in other star systems are coming into view. Boss will discuss methods of detecting these planets and studying their composition. A key motive for planetary study of this nature is to determine whether life could be sustainable on these planets.
The F.W. Olin Engineering Complex is located on West University Boulevard. For more information, call (321) 674-7207or visit www.fit.edu/aapls.