August 29, 2013: Nantucket Science Center

7:00PM  “Alone in the Universe”.    The dramatic discovery of nearly a thousand planets around other stars, some of them Earth-sized, prompts a reconsideration of the question, “Are there other sentient beings in the cosmos?” Join Dr. Howard Smith, of Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, as he reviews some of the exciting discoveries and the remarkable techniques used to make them, in particular the Kepler space mission, and considers all the results in a broader context. His provocative conclusion is that we Earthlings are alone in the Universe – at least for all practical purposes.   This lecture is being sponsored by the Maria Mitchell Association, Astronomy Department, and is open to the public.

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