Extrasolar Planets: The Last Decade, and the Next – Dr. Paul Butler

(July 24, 2008) Dr. Paul Butler from the Carnegie Institution of Washington, Department of Terrestrial Magnetism presents “Extrasolar Planets: The Last Decade, and the Next.” Before 1995 planets outside our Solar System were the stuff of science fiction, Star Wars and Star Trek. Now with nearly 300 exo-planets known, many of them discovered at Keck, we are focused on new challenges: finding planetary systems similar to our own Solar System and small rocky planets like Earth