Einstein Week’s featured speaker this year is NASA Solar System Ambassador John Martinez, who will discuss Trappist-1, the largest known system of Earth-sized planets found in the habitable zone of a single star.
The discovery of Trappist-1 was announced by NASA in February. Each planet in the Trappist-1 system has potential for water on its surface, and further study could reveal conditions suitable for life on these planets.
The lecture will be followed by an open house at the UNO Observatory on the Science Building’s third floor. In addition, the Pontchartrain Astronomy Society will have telescopes set up outside the Science Building for public use.
For many years, Martinez was the Project Manager of the Las Cumbres Observatory Global Telescope Network. He serves as a volunteer astronomy lab technician at the University of New Orleans, and operator of its Lakefront campus observatory and telescope.
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