U of T Astronomy Public Tour - Distant Earths

Keppler Spacecraft looking for planets by NASA/Ames/JPL-Caltech
Thursday, November 7, 2013 - 8:00pm to 10:30pm

Graduate student Ari Silburt will be presenting about "Distant Earths". In recent years with the launch of the Kepler Space Telescope there has been a rapid explosion in the number of planets discovered outside our solar system. For the first time ever we are able to explore questions such as “how many habitable planets are out there?”, and “where should we look for life?”. This talk will outline what the next steps are for finding life elsewhere in the universe as well as highlight a few of the noteworthy habitable exoplanets discovered to date.  As usual planetarium shows and telescope viewings will follow the talk.

A description of the topic, speaker biography, directions, and all other pertinent information can be found at: uoft.me/astrotours

Graduate student volunteers will then lead us upstairs for the viewing of celestial objects through our two dome telescopes and our two balcony telescopes. If the sky is clear and dark, Uranus, Albireo, Mizar, the Ring Nebula (M57) and our sister galaxy Andromeda (M31) should be visible.

Planetarium shows will be running concurrently with the telescope session.  Registration is required for the shows, and there are still spots remaining.  You can sign up on our website by entering the URL above and then clicking on "Planetarium" in the navigation menu.  Don't forget to print and bring your tickets with you to the event.

Who can attend: everyone including non-members
Fee: free
Reservation not needed except for planetarium, see site for details 
Organized by: U of T Department of Astronomy & Astrophysics and the Dunlap Institute for Astronomy & Astrophysics
Location: Room: MP 102, Building: McLennan Physical Laboratories (MP), Address: 60 St. George Street, Toronto, ON