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The WFIRST/AFTA astrophysics mission: bigger and better for exoplanets

The Wide Field InfRared Survey Telescope (WFIRST) was conceived to conduct wide field, near-infrared surveys for dark energy, exoplanet gravitational microlensing, and general astrophysics using a moderate aperture (~1.3-m) telescope. This talk highlights the mission's science potential including brief descriptions of its dark energy and general observer programs...
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  • The Wide Field InfRared Survey Telescope (WFIRST) was conceived to conduct wide field, near-infrared surveys for dark energy, exoplanet gravitational microlensing, and general astrophysics using a moderate aperture (~1.3-m) telescope. This talk highlights the mission's science potential including brief descriptions of its dark energy and general observer programs...

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  • We all crave power - to run laptops, charge cell phones, and play Angry Birds. But why don’t batteries last longer? Discover why their technology is stuck in the 1800s. Also, force fields, fat cells and other forms of energy storage

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  • The SETI Institute has announced the selection of Dr. David Black as its new President and Chief Executive Officer. Black, who is President and CEO Emeritus of the Universities Space Research Association and Visiting Scientist at the Lunar and Planetary Institute, is a widely recognized researcher in the fields of star and planet formation, and the search for exoplanets.

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  • Travis Orloff (UC Santa Cruz) proposes a new mechanism for boulder clustering unique to Mars and uses observations of boulder clustering around impact features to place constraints on the timescale of boulder clustering.

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  • SETI Institute researcher, Daniel Huber will present current efforts to improve our understanding of fundamental properties of Kepler target stars and their planets, in particular using the technique of asteroseismology.

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  • We once thought planets formed peacefully in situ in their natal disks and subsequently followed their orbits like clockwork. However, there is growing evidence that the typical planetary system forms with "some assembly required" and undergoes a dynamical rearrangement through planetary migration processes.

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  • Hangout-On Air -- Senior Research Scientist, Franck Marchis shares the details of his recent experience aboard SOFIA.

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  • A presentation by Tony Dobrovolskis of the SETI Institute. Exoplanets discovered to date show a wide range of orbital eccentricities; the angles between their spin equators and orbital planes are still quite unknown, but these "obliquities'' may range widely as well. Both eccentricity and obliquity can have profound effects on a planet's seasons, as well as on its cycle of night and day.

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  • Jean Chiar discusses interstellar dust grains - small sub-micron-sized particles that pollute the space between the stars - play an important role in the chemistry of the galaxy as well as the star and planet formation process. We glean most information about dust composition in the interstellar medium from infrared spectroscopy.

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  • We are proud to announce the 3rd Annual MarsFest in Death Valley National Park from March 28 - 30, 2014

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