Planet hunter giving talk in Burnaby about 'Goldilocks' planets

A renowned astrophysicist is coming to Burnaby on Monday to talk about hunting planets.

Dr. Natalie Batalha is a professor of astronomy and astrophysics at University of California, Santa Cruz and former astrophysicist at NASA Ames Research Center and the project scientist for NASA's Kepler Mission.

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She’s speaking at 7 p.m. Monday at the Ismaili Centre in Burnaby.

One of the primary goals of NASA’s landmark Kepler Space Telescope Mission, which launched in 2009, is to identify “Goldilocks” planets beyond our solar system - planets orbiting other stars in our galaxy that are just right, “neither too hot nor too cold", for hosting life as we know it,” said a news release. “To date, Kepler has discovered over 2,500 alien worlds, many of which are Earth-like “Goldilocks” planets, with another some 3,000 candidate exoplanets awaiting confirmation and further study.” 

As part of the Ismaili Centre’s Frontiers of Science and Innovation Series, a curated collection of topics dedicated to showcasing transformative developments in science and technology by leading professionals, academics and experts, Batalha will give a non-technical presentation of Kepler’s scientific legacy and a sneak-peek of exciting follow-up missions in progress and on the drawing board.

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