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Debra Fischer Speaks at Foothill


The Silicon Valley Astronomy Lecture Series presents Dr. Debra Fischer of the University of California, Berkeley, speaking on "Planets Beyond: The Search for Other Solar Systems," Wednesday, March 6, 2002, at 7 p.m. in the Smithwick Theater, Foothill College, El Monte Road and Freeway 280, in Los Altos Hills.

All lecture series presentations are free, non-technical, and open to the public. Call the series hotline at 650-949-7888 for more information. Co-sponsored by NASA Ames Research Center, Foothill College Astronomy Program, SETI Institute, and the Astronomical Society of the Pacific.

Dr. Fischer, part of the team of astronomers who have found most of the planets around other stars, was instrumental in the discovery of the first system of planets known outside our own - around the star Upsilon Andromedae. She will discuss what the latest discoveries are telling us about planetary systems (with more than one planet around a star) out there and the possibility that there are not just Jupiters around other stars, but Earths.

Note: The lecture is free, but there is a parking fee of $2 for all cars at Foothill College. There are often lines for parking permit tickets in the lots just around 7 p.m., so attendees are urged to come a bit early to have enough time to park.


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