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Free tickets available for upcoming Linus Pauling lecture series
Photos and Story by James Hill
There are free tickets for the next lecture in the Linus Pauling Science Technology and Society lecture series are available now. The lecture is titled, “The Hunt for Earth 2: A Shower of Kepler Planets,” by Gibor Basri from the University of California – Berkeley at 7 p.m., Friday, March 8 at the First Congregational Church on the Park Blocks in downtown Portland.
In March 2009, a dedicated space telescope (“Kepler”) was launched to search for terrestrial planets around other stars. Before the mission we knew almost nothing about exoplanets smaller than Saturn. Kepler is sensitive to planets with orbital periods up to a year and sizes as small as Mars, meaning that it can locate potentially habitable exoplanets, and even discover a planet that might be like the Earth. The main purpose of the mission is to find out how many smaller planets there are, and learn about their sizes and distances from their stars (it cannot discern their atmospheres or surfaces).
Tickets are available for students at the libraries of Sylvania, Cascade, Rock Creek and Southeast Center,as well as the Newberg Information desk for students and staff. For more on all of the upcoming Linus Pauling Science Technology Lecture Series, visit the series’ webpage. Tickets typically are available at above locations a week before the lecture.