Join Jill Tarter August 3 at Universe 2014: Public Science Event

Universe 2014: Beyond Earth: Planets, Life, and Intelligence in the Cosmos
An Afternoon of Science & Scientific Speculation
Sponsored by the Astronomical Society of the Pacific
(part of the Society’s Annual Meeting)
Sunday, August 3, 2014, 1:30 to 5:30 pm
Regency Ballroom, Hyatt Regency Hotel, Burlingame, CA
Free, with a suggested donation of $10 per person

  • Jill Tarter (Bernard Oliver Chair, SETI Institute): SETI: Finding Aliens and Finding Ourselves
  • Geoff Marcy (U. C. Berkeley), the world’s foremost planet hunter: Finding Habitable Worlds Around Other Stars
  • Chris McKay (Planetary Scientist and Astrobiologist, NASA Ames Research Ctr.): The Search for Life on Mars and the Moons of the Outer Planets
  • A Panel with all Three Speakers: Planets and Life: What Are our Next Steps? (Andrew Fraknoi, Foothill College, moderator)

To celebrate its 125th anniversary year of service to the public understanding of the cosmos, the Astronomical Society of the Pacific invites you to an afternoon learning and thinking about some of the most exciting questions in our exploration of the universe.  What kind of planets orbit other stars?   Is there an Earth 2.0 out there?  Could life exist in strange environments, quite different from our planet’s?  And could there be intelligent life beyond Earth?  If so, how could we find them -- or even have a conversation with them?  Only in the last few decades have such questions moved from the realm of science fiction to the realm of scientific experiment.   Come hear from some of the most articulate scientists in the Bay Area where we stand with our quest to explore planets and life beyond our own world.
This special afternoon is free & open to the public, but we hope you’ll make a voluntary donation of $10/person to help with the costs of the meeting.  We encourage you to bring students 13 or over, but ask that you leave younger children home.  Seating is first come, first served, so we suggest you be there a little early, just in case. Paid parking is available at the hotel & at several nearby lots.
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