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Curator's Coffee --"The Search for Alien Planets"

Classroom 3

Michelle Creech-Eakman, Ph.D., 
Associate Professor and Chair
Department of Physics, New Mexico Tech

Science fiction has become science fact.  We now know of more than 1400 planets orbiting other stars in our galaxy and much of that research is being done in New Mexico. What do these planets look like? How big are they? What type of stars do they orbit and what type of atmospheres do they have?  What would it be like to visit them?  What is the probability that they have life...  perhaps intelligent life?  Join Dr. Creech-Eakman for a fascinating voyage of the imagination to distant planets.

Dr. Michelle Creech-Eakman is an astrophysicist at the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology (NM Tech). She is the Principal Investigator on the New Mexico Tech Extrasolar Spectroscopic Survey Instrument (NESSI) and Project Scientist of the Magdalena Ridge Observatory Interferometer. She worked previously at Caltech and the Jet Propulsion Lab, and earned her Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Denver.

Held at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science1801 Mountain Rd. NW, Albuquerque, NM 87104 • (505) 841-2800 Visit:

Pre-registration required.  Limit 15 participants. Purchase in advance online to guarantee your seats, go to  Online Curators Coffee ticket sales stop Midnight, 12:00 am, the morning of the event. 


The New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science reserves the right to cancel any event that does not reach a minimum of 6 participants.

$8 General, $7.20 Members
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