Our next monthly meeting will be Thursday, February 5th, at 7:30 P.M. at the Calusa Nature Center & Planetarium. (see Calendar page for directions)
Exoplanets: Hot, Cold, and Habitable: Driven by NASA’s Kepler mission, in the past two decades the number of planets outside our solar system has grown from a handful to thousands. Surprisingly, many of these new solar systems are very unlike our own; they include “Super-Earths”, “hot Jupiters”, and ice giants, along with gas giants like those in our solar system — and a very few Earth-like planets. In this talk, Derek Buzasi will discuss how exoplanets are detected and characterized, the current exoplanet census, and our current understanding of how planetary systems form and evolve. He will also explore the future prospects for detecting habitable worlds around other stars. Dr. Buzasi is Professor of Physics and the Whitaker Eminent Scholar in Science at Florida Gulf Coast University. He spent four years serving on the Kepler Science team, and remains actively involved with NASA’s K2 mission.
See new photos from Chuck Pavlick added to the library under “Club Activities” TAB
NASA’s Space Place educates and entertains kids, parents, and teachers about space
and Earth science and technology.
This month: Heliophysics
The sun is really, really hot. Every 1.5 millionths of a second, it releases more energy than all humans consume in an entire year. But where does all that energy come from? Space Place’s animated series “Space Place in a Snap” tackles this important question in its latest episode. Even better, it comes with a sweet poster, too! Check it out at: http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/sun-heat.
Rosetta’s Lander Touches Down on a Comet! November 12th, the NASA and ESA Rosetta mission succeeded in setting down gently on a comet. This is a first. You can follow the lander in its quest for information about the comet on http://www.nasa.gov/rosetta/ You can also simulate the mission by playing Comet Quest. The game is available on line at http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/comet-quest/ and in the Apple apps store for the mobile version at https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/comet-quest/id504786625?mt=8&ls=1
Events: See Calendar page
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We are: The South West Florida Astronomical Society, Inc. (SWFAS) P.O. Box 100127, Cape Coral, Florida 33910.
We meet the 1st Thursday of the month (7:30 P.M.): Calusa Nature Center and Planetarium, 3450 Ortiz Avenue, Fort Myers, FL 33905-7811.
The Southwest Florida Astronomical Society, Inc. was formed in 1980 by amateur astronomers in Lee County, Florida. Its many goals include educating the public, school children, and scouts about the wonders of the night sky. S.W.F.A.S. regularly works with the Calusa Nature Center and Planetarium, as well as Florida Gulf Coast University with public observing events.