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Kepler expert to speak

Friday, March 27, 2015

Astronomer Steve Kawaler will present on the Kepler Space Telescope mission at 7 p.m. April 6, in Room 116 of the Wick Science Building at St. Cloud State.

Kawaler’s talk “Revealing Habitable Worlds: Ushering in a New Era for Exoplanets (and Stars) with the Kepler Space Telescope” reviews discoveries of planets orbiting other stars — solar systems that are sometimes very different from the Earth’s solar system. The Kepler mission has been a landmark in advancing human understanding of the universe.

He’ll also address how the 99.97 percent of the data collected by NASA’s Kepler space telescope that doesn’t involve new planets is used.

Kawaler will deliver a university talk on “The Kepler Mission’s ‘Other’ Legacy: Space-based Asteroseismology” at 4 p.m. April 7 in Room 124 of the Wick Science Building. This talk is also open to the public.

Kawaler is a professor of physics and astronomy at Iowa State University. His research focuses on theoretical and space-based studies of the lives and deaths of stars. He serves as a councilor of the American Astronomical Society and a scientific editor of “The Astrophysical Journal.”

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