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Astronomy Live: Exoplanets and the Search for Water in the Universe

Part of Astronomy Live

Tuesday, February 26, 2019


Jackie Faherty, Mark Popinchalk, and Steve Beyer embark on a journey in search of water in our solar system and beyond. Visit some of the more likely candidates for finding the precious liquid in our galaxy, such as Enceladus, Europa, and Mars, and learn about the latest discoveries in the search for life in space.

About the Presenters


Jackie Faherty is a senior scientist and senior education manager in the American Museum of Natural History’s Department of Astrophysics and the Department of Education—a unique position that lets her pursue scientific research while mentoring and advising education programs for students and the general public alike. She is working at the forefront of brown dwarf and exoplanet atmosphere detection and characterization. Dr. Faherty received her Bachelor’s degree in physics from the University of Notre Dame in 2001 and her Ph.D. in physics from Stony Brook University in 2010.  After graduate school, she received a National Science Foundation International Research Fellowship, which she took to the Universidad de Chile in Santiago. She then received a prestigious NASA Hubble Fellowship, which she took to the Carnegie Institution for Science.


Steve Beyer Astro Live Presenter

Steven Larsen Beyer is an associate of the Hayden Planetarium, where he has lectured and taught classes since 1972. He serves as adjunct assistant professor at the College of Staten Island and Borough of Manhattan Community College. Second edition of his book, The Star Guide, will be published soon.


Mark Popinchalk_Astro Live Presenter

Mark Popinchalk is a Physics PhD student at the CUNY Graduate Center. He works with the Brown Dwarf NYC group and is also a host for Astronomy on Tap. He has more liquid water than Mercury but fewer rings than Saturn, and his favorite color is sky blue pink.

Support for Hayden Planetarium Programs is provided by the Schaffner Family and the Horace W. Goldsmith Endowment Fund.

Astronomy Live: Exoplanets and the Search for Water in the Universe is sponsored by JetBlue.