Exoplanets: A New Planetarium Lecture Series

March 6, 2018

Join us as we launch a brand new three-part series on exoplanets (planets that orbit other stars)! 

To showcase Flandrau’s new planetarium show about exoplanets, Undiscovered Worlds, we’ve created a lecture series that will highlight research happening right here at the University of Arizona. Dozens of UA astronomers and planetary scientists study exoplanets. In the last decade, researchers have discovered that there are thousands of planets orbiting other stars in our Milky Way galaxy. Now they are searching for planets that may have the right conditions to host life as we know it: liquid water and an atmosphere.

This series will explore how UA researchers focus on many facets of exploplanet science - discovering planets, calculating planet size and temperature, modeling the formation of planetary systems, analyzing the elements in a planet's atmosphere. All those fields of research provide data that helps to determine if a planet might be a good candidate for life beyond our solar system. Come and see UA scientists talking about their groundbreaking research in the series Exoplanets: The Search For Life Beyond Our Solar System.


Tickets are $10 for each lecture and are available at the Flandrau front desk. Limited seating, tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Ticket price includes showing of our newest FullDome Planetarium Show "Undiscovered Worlds".

Speaker Series Dates and Times:

The three-part speaker series Exoplanets: The Search For Life Beyond Our Solar System will take place on a Thursday evening once a month in March, April, and May 2018.


Thursday, March 15, 6pm

Speaker: Betul Kacar, Assistant Professor, Astronomy, Steward Observatory and Assistant Professor, Molecular and Cellular Biology

Title: What Is Astrobiology?

Speaker: Josh Lothringer, PhD Candidate in Planetary Science, UA Lunar and Planetary Lab

Title: What We Can Learn From Exoplanet Atmospheres?


Thursday, April 12, 6pm

Speaker: Tommi Koskinen, Assistant Professor, UA Lunar and Planetary Lab

Title: What Are Extreme Hot Jupiters?

Speaker: Serena Kim, Associate Astronomer, Steward Observatory

Title: The Formation and Evolution of Planetary Systems


Thursday, May 17, 6pm

Speaker: Peter Behroozi, Assistant Professor, Steward Observatory

Title: Studying Galaxies to Calculate Rates of Planet Formation

Speaker: Lauren Schatz, Ph.D. Candidate, UA College of Optical Sciences

Title: Optical Engineering In The Search For Exoplanets