In person! Silicon Valley Lecture Series: "Water Above, Water Below, Water Within: The Many Roles of Water in Making Planets Habitable" with Dr. Laura Schaefer (Stanford U)
The Silicon Valley Lectures Series - In Person
On Wednesday, November 15, 2023 at 7 pm (PST), Dr. Laura Schaefer (Stanford U) will give a free, illustrated, non-technical lecture entitled:
"Water Above, Water Below, Water Within: The Many Roles of Water in Making Planets Habitable"
The talk is part of the Silicon Valley Astronomy Lecture Series, now in its 24th year in the Smithwick Theater at Foothill College, in Los Altos (see directions below) .
Water is everywhere. Its atoms, hydrogen and oxygen, are the first and fifth most abundant elements in the universe. Water is found in abundance in many environments; it finds its way into planets of all shapes and sizes, where it modifies the properties of everything it touches. Water is crucial to life, both as a habitat and as a solvent. But it also has many other roles in the evolution of habitable and uninhabitable environments on a planetary scale. In this talk, Dr. Schaefer will discuss the ways in which Earth acquired its water, how water modifies the evolution and habitability of the Earth, and how the habitability of rocky planets orbiting other stars may be different.
Laura Schaefer is an Assistant Professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences at Stanford University. She is a planetary scientist who focuses on how gases and rocks react with each other to form the atmospheres of rocky planets, both inside and outside the Solar System. She is fascinated by lava worlds and the volcanic moon Io, as well as the distant past of planet Earth and its neighbors Venus and Mars.
Foothill College is just off the El Monte Road exit from Freeway 280 in Los Altos.
The lecture is co-sponsored by:
* The Foothill College Science, Tech, Engineering & Math Division
* The SETI Institute
* The Astronomical Society of the Pacific
* The University of California Observatories (including Lick Observatory).