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New Earth-like Planet Subject of Public Lecture and Viewing

By: Kathleen Tuck   Published 8:45 am / August 29, 2016

Graphic of planet with smaller star in the distance.

M. Kornmesser/European Southern Observatory via NYTimes.

With the recent discovery of an Earth-like planet around the star Proxima Centauri, the nearest habitable world beyond our Solar System might be right on our doorstep.

Celebrate this revolutionary find with the Boise State University Physics Department from 7:30 p.m. until midnight on Friday, Sept. 2.

The event will kick off in the Multipurpose Classroom Building, Room 101, across the street from the Brady Street Parking Garage. Physics faculty Brian Jackson will give a public talk on the planet’s discovery.

Then at 8:30 p.m. the event will move to the Quad south of Albertsons Library near the center of campus, where telescopes will be set up to view Mars, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune.

More information is available at bit.ly/BSUProximaEvent or at bjackson@boisestate.edu, (208) 426-3723 or on Twitter at @decaelus.