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AVAC Club Meeting
Friday, February 09, 2018, 07:00pm - 09:00pm
Contact Frank Moore 661-972-4775

For our AVAC meeting on Friday February 9th we have Rahul I. Patel, Ph.D.   Dr. Patel is a postdoctoral researcher in astrophysics at Caltech/IPAC.  He works on identifying solar systems that might harbor planets by searching for and characterizing the dust around other stars.  As an exoplaneteer, he uses space and ground telescopes to study main sequence stars that might be hosts to these exoplanets, in hopes of finding planets that might be similar to our Earth.  His current research takes him into some of the mission planning for the WFIRST telescope, set to launch in 2025.

In his presentation, he will take us on a quick tour through the history of exoplanet discoveries, detection techniques, what we can learn from the current discoveries, and what the astrophysics community has planned for the next decade to search for that elusive Earth 2.0, and help us to understand ourselves by learning about our neighbors.

Meeting are at the SAGE Planetarium: 38060 20th St E, Palmdale, CA 93550

Meetings start at 7pm.  Free and open to the public.