Another Pale Blue Dot: Inside SETI Institute’s Search for Exoplanets
About This Talk
New science and tech are vastly accelerating the search for exoplanets: an effort that’s only decades old. How long until we find Earth 2.0? SETI Institute’s Senior Planetary Astronomer will update us on the latest work to find planets like Earth.
Dr. Franck Marchis has been a Principal Investigator at the Carl Sagan Center of the SETI Institute since July 2007. Over the past 15 years, he has studied our solar system using mainly ground-based telescopes equipped with adaptive optics (AO). He made the first ground-based observations of the volcanoes on the jovian moon Io. His recent work includes the Gemini Planet Imager, an extreme AO system for the Gemini South telescope which will image and record spectra of exoplanets orbiting nearby stars. He holds a PhD from Toulouse III university in his native France.
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