When: Fri., April 7, 7:30-10:30 p.m. 2017
The seven Earth-sized planets orbiting the nearby star TRAPPIST-1 reveal that rocky worlds are common in our galactic neighborhood. Three of these planets are in the “habitable zone,” the region around a star in which liquid water is possible. However, planets that are Earth-sized and in the habitable zone have merely cleared the first two hurdles for a planet to support life. Join the Boise State Physics Department and Prof. Rory Barnes from University of Washington to learn about how these planets were discovered, what it means to us, and the potential of discovering life beyond our solar system.