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April 2019 Meet the Astronomer - Antonio Porras

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Vanderbilt Dyer Observatory

1000 Oman Drive

Brentwood, TN 37027

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This month's topic: "The Quest for Life on Extrasolar Planets"

There are many methods that astronomers use to find planets and assess the probability of it hosting life. During this talk, Antonio will talk about different planet detection methods and the characteristics that makes a planet habitable. The exploration of life will take us to famous artistic renditions of visionary vacation spots for those looking for adventures and unimaginable views.


About Antonio Porras: I am originally from a small neighborhood in the capital San José, Costa Rica. I had many unanswered questions about the creation of the universe and its evolution over time. This curiosity led me to pursue my American dream, which started when I moved to the U.S. to study at Northern Virginia Community College, where I had the opportunity to expand my English. I knew that to understand the language of the universe, I needed to study mathematics, so later I graduated with a mathematics degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Last year, I obtained my Master’s in physics from Fisk University. Now, I am a first-year Ph.D. student in astrophysics at Vanderbilt University. Here, I conduct research in galaxy evolution theory to understand how spiral and elliptical galaxies form and evolve over time. My hope as a continuing graduate student is to share the exciting physics of our universe to the general public. During my spare time, I like weightlifting, playing soccer, and reading poetry.

***Telescope viewings follow when weather permits.***

Please note:

  • You do not need to bring a printed ticket; there will be a guest list at the gate.
  • The exhibits on the main floor are handicapped accessible, but the Seyfert telescope on the second floor is only accessible by stairs. There are twenty steps, split by a large landing, leading to the dome. Climbing additional portable steps may be necessary to see through the eyepiece.
  • Notify the gate attendant if you have special parking needs.
  • Closed-toe footwear is suggested.
  • If your plans change and you cannot attend, you may invite someone you know to use your tickets/names for entry.
  • Because this is Vanderbilt University property, firearms and smoking are not allowed.

Address: 1000 Oman Drive, Brentwood TN 37027 (NOT on the main Vanderbilt campus)

Cost: $6.27 per person ($5.00 admission plus $1.27 online handling fee.) Each person must have their own reservation. Infants do not require tickets.

NO TICKETS SOLD AT DOOR. Tickets may be purchased up to the day of the event, but please be aware this event often sells out well ahead.

NO REFUNDS OR EXCHANGES. THIS IS A CLEAR OR CLOUDY EVENT.

Exoplanet illustration courtesy NASA/W. Stenzel, Antonio Porras photo courtesy the speaker.



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