Planet Quest: The Search for Another Earth

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Date/Time
Date(s) - February 15, 2015
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Location
Cape Cod Museum of Natural History
Brewster

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Dr. Kunesh’s presentation will first explore the major and minor planets that orbit the sun in our own solar system, and then look back at what people from ancient times through the 20th century thought about the possibility of other solar systems around other stars. He will discuss how astronomers discovered the first Jupiter-like planets orbiting other stars by using something called the “radial velocity method”, how the Kepler spacecraft has discovered thousands of additional planets by using called the “transit method”, and the future plans that astronomers have to find more Earth-like planets around nearby stars and to look for evidence of life on those planets.

Chuck Kunesh is from western Pennsylvania and received his Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh in physical chemistry. His career was spent conducting and managing industrial chemical research, but ever since he was a child his real passion has always been astronomy. Chuck is a member of the Lehigh Valley Amateur Astronomy Society in Allentown, PA and has given numerous talks on astronomy and space travel in schools and at astronomy events. He currently resides in Bethlehem, PA, but spends as much time as possible at his vacation home on Cape Cod.

Free with Museum Admission

For more information please call the Museum at 508-896-3867 xt. 133

Planet Quest: The Search for Another Earth


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