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Podcaster: Rob Sparks. Guest: Katie Lester

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Title: NOIRLab – The Case Of The Missing Earths

Organization: NOIRLab

Links: www.noao.edu ; @NOAONorth; http://www.lsst.org/ ;https://nationalastro.org/ ; https://www.facebook.com/NOIRLabAstro ; https://www.instagram.com/noirlabastro/ ; https://www.youtube.com/noirlabastro ; @NOIRLabAstro

Description: 

Finding Earth-sized planets around other stars is a very exciting area of astronomical research. Recently a team lead by Dr. Katie Lester followed up data from the TESS satellite using the International Gemini Observatory and the WIYN 3.5 meter telescope at Kitt Peak. They found that we may be missing many Earth-sized worlds orbiting binary stars. This podcast explores how they reached this interesting conclusion and how we may go about finding these worlds in the future.

Bio: Rob Sparks is a science education specialist in the Education and Public Outreach (EPO) group at the National Optical Astronomy Observatory (NOAO) and works on the Galileoscope project (www.galileoscope.org), providing design, dissemination and professional development. He blogs at halfastro.wordpress.com.

Katie Lester is a postdoc at NASA Ames Research Center in California. She studies binary star systems and how they affect planet formation.

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