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Kepler Mission Planet Discoveries
NASA Ames Research Center
Moffett Field, CA

Speaker: Dr. Natalie Batalha
Topic: Kepler Mission Planet Discoveries
Date & Time: Tuesday, December 6, 2011, 7:00 p.m.
Location: NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA

Scientists involved with the search for planets around other stars are gathering at NASA Ames Dec. 5 - 9 for a technical conference devoted to the Kepler spacecraft discoveries.

Tuesday evening, Dec. 6th, there will be a public event from 7 to 10 pm at the NASA Ames Research Center in Mountain View.  The evening is free, but you must reserve tickets at the Eventbrite web site: you can find more information and directions.)

Participants include Dr. Natalie Batalha, a superb public speaker, who has a real knack for explaining scientific discoveries in everyday language.

Peninsula Astronomical Society Meeting
Los Altos Hills, CA

Speaker: Dr. Frank Drake
Topic: The Status of SETI in 2011
Date & Time: Friday, December 9, 2011, 7:45 p.m.
Location: Room 5015, Foothill College, Los Altos Hills 

Dr. Frank Drake, the scientist who pioneered the search for intelligent life in the universe, will give a rare public lecture to a meeting of the Peninsula Astronomical Society. The talk is free and open to the public, but parking on campus costs $2.00. Parking Lot 5 is closest to the lecture hall.

Dr. Drake will discuss the past, present, and future of the search for signs of intelligence among the stars, including the newer technique called 'Optical SETI'. 

For directions and a campus, see:

Pennsylvania State - Erie

Lectures by a faculty member or visitor are followed by astronomical observing, weather permitting. Most of the talks are about astronomy, although sometimes there is another science topic. Access the Full Schedule.

The Schedule is at under "Open House Nights In Astronomy."

Steward Observatory Public Evening Series

Monday night public astronomy lectures
Location: Steward Observatory at the University of Arizona - Tucson

For more information on the lectures go to their website - Steward Observatory Public Evening Series.


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