Steve Howell, project manager of the Kepler mission, will present an update on the groundbreaking space telescope mission with recent results on exoplanets and the implications for life in the universe.
SPEAKER: Steve Howell, project scientist on NASA’s Kepler Mission Science Team.
TITLE: Exoplanets and Kepler Mission Update
DATE: Tuesday, July 7, 2015
TIME: 7:00 p.m.
PLACE: Sciences and Technology Building, Room 108, University of Hawaii at Hilo (main campus map)
Sponsored by UH Hilo Department of Physics and Astronomy in conjunction with the Pacific International Space Center for Exploration Systems (PISCES) and the Gemini Observatory.
Howell’s presentation will include an update on the groundbreaking space telescope mission with recent results on exoplanets and the implications for life in the universe.
Steve Howell is a member of the Kepler Science Team and specializes in research on variable and binary stars, CCD detectors and instrumentation , and ultra-high precision photometry. He developed the practice of differential photometry using CCDs and has applied the technique to ground-based exo-planet transit detections obtaining, to date, the highest precision photometry yet achieved.
Howell is involved in educational outreach programs, especially those involving multi-wavelength astronomy, using ground-based and space based telescopes. He serves on numerous review panels and was most recently a member of the National Academy of Sciences panel on NASA’s constellation system.
Howell worked with NASA headquarters to help establish the Kepler guest observer office at the NASA Ames Research Center and now works as project scientist of the Kepler mission.
For more information, contact John Coney.