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UWFox welcomes astrobiology star to discuss life on other planets

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UWFox’s Barlow Planetarium, in partnership with several local astronomy enthusiasts, will host “Will There Ever Be Another Earth?” on Maggie TurnbullFriday, Sept. 5 at 7 p.m. at UWFox, 1478 Midway Road, Menasha. Due to space, the Barlow Planetarium will be hosting this event in James W. Perry Hall located in the Communication Arts Center building on campus.  

“Will There Ever Be Another Earth?” will be presented by Dr. Maggie Turnbull, an internationally known astrobiologist whose expertise is identifying star and planetary systems that are capable of supporting life. Turnbull will discuss what it means to think about habitable planets orbiting other stars, the latest results in the search for those planets and her work with NASA in designing a new kind of observatory to detect Earth-like worlds.

Turnbull was named in Wired magazine’s “Smart List 2012: 50 people who will change the world,” and runs the Global Science Institute from her home in Antigo.

“The topic of life existing outside of our planet is one that has fascinated us for centuries,” said Alan Peche, Barlow Planetarium director. “Dr. Turnbull is a thought leader in this field and we’re pleased to have the opportunity for her to share her knowledge with the Fox Valley community.”

“Will There Ever Be Another Earth?” is also sponsored by Wisconsin Alumni Association: Fox Valley Chapter, UWFox Student Activities Office, UW-Fox Valley Foundation, Donna and Perry Kidder, Jim and Joy Perry and Alan and Sharon Blake. This event is free and open to the public, but reservations are necessary due to limited seating and can be made by contacting Alan Peche at alan.peche@uwc.edu or (920) 832-2852. For additional information on these and other events at the Barlow Planetarium, please visit www.barlowplanetarium.org.


Posted 8/14/2014