University of Chicago Astrophysicist to Give Astronomy Presentation at JJC on Feb. 11

University of Chicago astrophysicist Dr. Jacob Bean will give a presentation at JJC entitled “Towards Another Pale Blue Dot” on Monday, Feb. 11 at 4:30 p.m. in D-2001 on the Main Campus, 1215 Houbolt Road in Joliet. The event is free and open to the public.
The question of whether there are other habitable planets is one that mankind has pondered for millennia, and we are finally poised on the threshold of being able to answer this question. Over the last 20 years, astronomers have identified thousands of planets orbiting other stars. Despite the success of finding these so-called “exoplanets,” none resemble Earth.
Dr. Bean will describe current efforts to find and characterize super-Earth type exoplanets using the large ground-based telescopes and the Hubble Space Telescope. He will also discuss how the next generation of ground- and space-based telescopes will be able to peer at Earth-like planets.
Dr. Bean is a professor in the Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics at the University of Chicago. He received his Ph.D. in 2007 from the University of Texas at Austin, and subsequently held research appointments in Germany and at Harvard before joining the faculty at the University of Chicago in 2011. The focus of his research is the discovery and characterization of extrasolar planets.
This presentation is suitable for all ages. Refreshments will be served just prior to the presentation at 4:15 p.m. For more information about the event, contact Professor Noella D’Cruz at or (815)280-2572.

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