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Next Seminar - Dr. Jaymie Matthews

posted Nov 11, 2010, 8:31 PM by VP Academic
Fizz is proud to present the third seminar of the 2010-2011 academic year!  Take a break from your studies for an hour and come listen to our next speaker, Dr. Jaymie Matthews.

Where will Avatar 2 be set? The real science of real exoplanets  
When: Tuesday, November 16th @ 4:00 pm
Where: CHEM C124

People have been visiting alien worlds in the movie theatres for more than 100 years, since Georges Melies took audiences on "A Trip to the Moon" in 1902.  But it has only been since 1995 that astronomers have been able to explore alien worlds around Sun-like stars (remotely, with telescopes) after the discovery of the "hot Jupiter" exoplanet 51 Pegasi b.  And only recently that exoplanets have been found whose masses and sizes approach those of the Earth. And very soon, the idea of an exoEarth will no longer be science fiction but science fact.

A few years ago, the subject of life on other planets seemed like a fairy tale (or an X Files rerun).  Today, we are on the verge of finding exoEarths (Earth-sized planets in Earth-sized orbits around Sun-like stars).  How do we search for alien worlds?  What have we found?  How will we look for evidence of life on these planets?  Find out on November 16th.

Snacks and refreshments will be provided.

For more information (and the full version of his abstract), visit http://www.ubcfizz.com/Home/seminar-series