Future In Space Hangout: The Multitude of Planets

Recent space telescope missions such as Kepler and Spitzer have given us unprecedented data that have shown that there are many, many planets orbiting other stars.  Current estimates show that there are enough planets in our galaxy that for every sta

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Recent space telescope missions such as Kepler and Spitzer have given us unprecedented data that have shown that there are many, many planets orbiting other stars.  Current estimates show that there are enough planets in our galaxy that for every star in the Milky Way, there are on average 1.6 planets in orbit around them.  Many of these planets are like the Earth and have the potential to harbor life.

In our first FutureInSpace Hangout, we will explore this relatively brand new study in space astronomy with expert members of the American Astronomical Society, Dr. Natalie Batalha and Dr Sara Seager.  We will discuss the current state of exoplanet research and look at what exciting results may be in store for us as we deploy the next generation of space telescope like the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), the Wide-Field Infrared Space Telescope (WFIRST), the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) and the future High Definition Space Telescope (HDST).

Please join +Tony Darnell Dr. +Alberto Conti and Dr. Harley Thronson and bring your questions and comments for our experts and we look forward to "Hanging Out" with you.