A Planet for Goldilocks

27 April 2016

The Sydney Institute for Astronomy in the School of Physics is delighted to welcome Dr Natalie Batalha to give the annual Professor Walter Stibbs Lecture on Thursday 28 April 2016.

"Not too hot, not too cold" reads the prescription for a world that's just right for life as we know it. Finding evidence of life beyond Earth is one of the primary goals of science agencies around the world. Dr Natalie Batalha will describe the latest discoveries of NASA's Kepler Mission and the possibilities for finding inhabited environments in the not-so-distant future.

Dr Natalie Batalha is an astrophysicist at NASA Ames Research Center and the Mission Scientist for NASA's Kepler Mission. She has been involved with the Kepler Mission since the proposal stage and has contributed to many different aspects of the science, from studying the stars themselves to detecting and understanding the planets they harbor. She led the analysis that yielded the discovery in 2011 of Kepler-10b - the mission's first confirmation of a rocky planet outside our solar system.

Today, she leads the effort to understand planet populations in the galaxy based on Kepler discoveries.

Event Details:

Thursday 28 April, from 6pm to 7.30pm

Messel Lecture Theatre, Sydney Nanoscience Hub, Physics Rd, The University of Sydney

Free event and open to all with online registration

Contact: Gabriel Nguyen

Phone: +61 2 9351 3201

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