Dec

18

2016

Meteorite Gallery

Sunday Closure

Location: Geology 3697
Time: 1PM

The Meteorite Gallery will be closed this Sunday, December 18

Dec

4

2016

Emeritus Prof. Ben Zuckerman

The Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) - And Why It Will Fail

Location: Slichter 3853
Time: 2:30PM

It is likely that extrasolar planets exist that are similar to the Earth in having oceans, moderate atmospheric temperatures, and days similar in length to ours. However, development of a technological civilization probably requires a world with a good mixture of land and of oceans and this might be quite a rare combination. Many searches for radio and electromagnetic signals from extraterrestrial civilizations have been carried out; such searches are dubbed "SETI". However, Ben Zuckerman argues that, if technological extraterrestrials were common, then they would have come here long ago. The absence of evidence of such visitations implies that SETI searches will likely fail. Photo credit: ESO/Jose Francisco Salgado

Nov

6

2016

Exploring Your Universe 2016

Science outreach

Location: UCLA Campus - Court of Sciences
Time: 12PM

Exploring Your Universe is an annual science outreach day held on the UCLA campus, filled with exciting science demos, activities, and talks. EYU has family-friendly activities that provide a wonderful look into real science for all ages, “from K through Gray”! For more info go to: http://eyu.astro.ucla.edu/

Oct

16

2016

Prof. Hilke Schlichting

Planets around other Stars

Location: Slichter 3853
Time: 2:30PM

Recent observations by the Kepler space telescope have led to the discovery of more than 4000 exoplanets consisting of many systems with Earth- to Neptune-sized objects that reside well inside Mercury-like orbits around their respective host stars. Hilke Schlichting will discuss how and where these close-in planets formed and will highlight some of the planets residing in the habitable zone, like Promina Centauri b. She will conclude with summarizing our prospects for learning more about these systems in the near future and for assessing their suitability to harbor life. Photo credit: NASA/JPL

Sep

18

2016

Prof. Kevin McKeegan

Calcium-Aluminum-rich Inclusions: The Solar System’s First Rocks

Location: Slichter 3853
Time: 2:30PM

Chondritic meteorites are cosmic sediments that contain many distinct nebular products. In addition to chondrules and matrix, some chondrites have several percent of inclusions that are rich in Ca, Al, and other refractory elements. These so-called CAIs are the oldest datable rocks thought to have formed in our solar system and they have many interesting properties. Kevin McKeegan will describe some CAIs, where they are found, and where they may have formed in the solar nebula.