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Astrophysics Lecture on Exoplanets by Professor Ed Turner

Looking Skywards: The Search for Exoplanets

A Lecture by Princeton Astrophysics Professor Ed Turner

We are pleased to announce the inaugural lecture of the Princeton Club of Japan Lecture Series!

Lecture Overview A few thousand extrasolar planet or exoplanets, planets orbiting stars other than the Sun, have been discovered in the last 20 years. However, the "holy grail" goal of this branch of astrophysics and astrobiology is to discover and characterize in some detail an exoplanet as closely resembling the Earth as possibly. Ideally we would like to determine whether or not an Earth-like exoplanet has bodies of liquid water on its surface and even if harbors life of some type. These are very challenging objectives, to put it mildly, and it is likely to be decades before we can achieve them. Nevertheless, astronomers have identified plausible techniques for doing so, and this talk will describe the path forward toward learning if the stars in the neighborhood of the Sun are circled by worlds like our own. It will describe what we might be able to learn about such planets if they exist and how we expect to be able to do so.

"To confine our attention to terrestrial matters would be to limit the human spirit." - Stephen Hawking

Time: Saturday June 18, 2016
doors opens 6:00pm
Lecture starts 6:30pm
Lecture ends 7:30pm
Dinner T.B.D. (plan to start between 7:45pm and 8:00pm)

Lecture Location: Medium Conf. Room(中会議室)
6th floor of "Kyurian" (きゅりあん) Shinagawa-ku's Cultural Center, located adjacent to JR Oimachi-station on the Keihin-Tohoku line and Rinkai-line.

The conference room on the 6th floor:

The location of the building:

The top of the building looks like this:

Lecture Attendance Cost: 500 yen donation per person appreciated for covering the cost of the event hall.

Dinner Location: T.B.D.
We are planning to find a location near the lecture hall. Plan on a budget of about 3,000 to 4,000 yen per person.

Please be sure to R.S.V.P to attend! To R.S.V.P, please email Kai Shibuya '14 at

Send your name, affiliation, number of people attending in your party, and whether or not you plan to attend the dinner after the lecture If you have questions about this lecture program, please e-mail Hidekazu Oki '00 at

Earlier Event: March 26
Intercollegiate Hanami
Later Event: July 2
Osawa Fellowship Reception 2016