Join Joyce Guzik to discuss the discoveries of the NASA Kepler Mission at 7 p.m. Friday, June 15, in a lecture at the Los Alamos Nature Center.
The Kepler spacecraft was launched in March 2009 into an Earth-trailing orbit around the Sun. So far, it has discovered 2,649 planets around other stars.
Kepler has also examined brightness variations for hundreds of thousands of stars, revealing many new variable star types and providing data for researchers to infer the size, mass, age, and interior structure of stars, a field known as “asteroseismology.” Joyce will highlight a few of the many discoveries of this mission, which will come to an end when the spacecraft runs out of fuel in 2019.
Joyce Guzik is a research scientist and Laboratory Fellow at Los Alamos National Laboratory. She received her Ph.D. in Astrophysics from Iowa State University and has been investigating the interior structure and evolution of the Sun and other stars since 1986.
Because there is limited seating in the planetarium, please purchase your tickets for this talk in advance. Tickets can be purchased by visiting the Los Alamos Nature Center or by calling 505.662.0460. Admission is $6 for adults and $4 for children. Events in the planetarium are not recommended for kids under age 4.