– This event is a production of the Department of Physics & Astronomy at Agnes Scott College.
– It is free and open to the public.
– RSVPs are not required to attend.
– Seating is on a first-come basis.
– Doors open at 7:30 pm.
– The lecture begins at 8:00.
– Refer to this page for directions as well as the notes at the bottom of the description below.
– A planetarium show and viewing with the observatory telescopes (weather permitting) will follow the lecture.
Searching for Exoplanets: An Update – at the Agnes Scott Bradley Observatory
Chris De Pree
Charles A. Dana Professor of Astronomy
Director of the Bradley Observatory
Agnes Scott College
The search for other worlds is almost as old as recorded human history. Why has humanity wondered about the presence of “other worlds” for so long? How have the questions changed from ancient times to the modern era, and what might new technologies reveal about our place in the universe? In this final Bradley Observatory open house of the academic year, Agnes Scott College Professor of Astronomy Chris De Pree will review the history and recent discoveries in the search for other worlds.
About the speaker
Chris De Pree is the Director of Bradley Observatory and Charles A. Dana Professor of Astronomy at Agnes Scott College. He received his B.S. in Physics from Duke University, and his M.S. and Ph.D in Physics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His teaching interests include introductory astronomy and physics, science & religion, scientific programming, astrophysics and thermodynamics.
De Pree is the author of a number of popular science books, including Idiot’s Guides: The Cosmos. Author of over 40 scientific articles, his main scholarly interests include the early stages of massive star formation in the Milky Way. De Pree has used the Atacama Large Millimeter Array (ALMA), the Very Large Array (VLA), the Spitzer Space Telescope, the Sub-Millimeter Array and many other telescopes to observe these regions.
Handicapped-accessible parking is available adjacent to the observatory. Other visitors are requested to use campus parking lots accessible via E. Dougherty St. and South McDonough St.
There is on-street parking along E. Dougherty, or in the parking lot to your right past the Mary Brown Bullock Science Center.
Additional parking is available in the West Parking Facility on S. McDonough St. Follow Dougherty to the four-way stop, either turn left and take your first left into the parking lot, or turn right and park in the large parking deck on the left.