Strange Planets


Ages 10 - Adult

Strange Planets explains extra solar planets, planets that astronomers have found living around stars other than our sun. In our planetarium adventure we use images, models and live demonstrations to understand why it is difficult to find an extra solar planet and to reveal the tricks astronomers use for finding them. The search is difficult, but in the end it could be very rewarding and it is the mission of NASA's Kepler space observatory now studying 100,000 stars.

Will we find a planet just like the Earth that is not too cold, not too hot, but just right? Can we identify life-giving water and oxygen on a distant planet? The Kepler mission and other exploration could lead to one of the most amazing discoveries ever made: extra-terrestrial life. All is discovered in this exploration called Strange Planets.

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Maynard F. Jordan Planetarium, 5781 Wingate Hall, Orono, ME 04469-5781
Phone: (207) 581-1341