Difficulty: 3 (due to vicarious embarrassment from weird question guy)
Time: 1 hour
Kepler is NASA's space-based telescope specially built to search for potential Earth-like planets in a region of the sky. Specifically, to look for planets that are within a factor of two of Earth's size and at a distance from their star where water might occur in liquid form.
MIT's Astrophysics department opened one of their lectures to public being given by Sara Seager.
|Sara Seager, Exoplanet Researcher|
Kepler has found over 1200 planet candidates (stars that exhibit a periodic brightness dip consistent with a planet), 15 confirmed planets, and approximately 65 Earth-like candidates.
The normal registered students for the course were outnumbered about 2:1 by the public. I love that MIT opens some of these lectures to the public (except for that one guy who sat at the back and asked really weird and inappropriate questions about UFOs and government conspiracies).