Kelly Beatty has been explaining the science and wonder of astronomy to the public since 1974. An award-winning writer and communicator, he specializes in planetary science and space exploration and after 43 years of pounding the keyboard as Senior Editor, he retired from full-time work in early 2018 but remains actively involved in many Sky & Telescope magazine projects and articles. Beatty enjoys sharing his passion for astronomy with a wide spectrum of audiences, from children to professional astronomers, and you'll occasionally hear his interviews and guest commentaries on National Public Radio and The Weather Channel.
Our galaxy likely contains more
planets than stars — so what are the odds of finding distant Earth-like worlds
that teem with life? After surveying the amazing diversity of life on Earth —
and the theories of how it started here — we'll sample the kinds of worlds
around other stars that astronomers have discovered and explore whether any of
them might be suitable for life. And we'll catch up on efforts to contact alien
civilizations directly, via radio transmissions and other means.
Event Type(s): Lecture Series, Library Programs
Age Group(s): Adult, Teen
(978) 256-5521 ext. 1114