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Episode 30 – Dr. Geoff Marcy

Dr. Geoff Marcy

Take a look into the sky tonight and try to imagine how many planets are out there. As of February 2011, there are 1,235 unconfirmed planetary candidates out there. It is widely estimated that there are billions of planets in our galaxy alone. Did you know that one man is responsible for discovering 70 of the first 100 extrasolar planets? That man is Dr. Geoff Marcy. He did not accomplish this feat alone, but it is still an incredible one.

Dr. Marcy received his BA from UCLA and his PhD from the University of California, Santa Cruz. He has won countless awards including the Henry Draper Medal of the National Academy of Sciences, The Shaw Prize, and the NASA Medal for Exceptional Scientific Achievement.  Please join us as we have a wonderful discussion about the universe with Dr. Marcy.

For more on Dr. Marcy, check out his autobiography at: http://astro.berkeley.edu/~gmarcy/Autobiography_marcy.pdf

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