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How Do I Become an Astronomer?

February 26, 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

The program

Are you a student fascinated by space and would love to explore the universe? If so, join us for an opportunity to get academic and career advice from  Dr. Robert Zellem, an exoplanet astronomer at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

During this interactive Q&A session, students will have the chance to ask questions about coursework, internships, college programs, and anything else about becoming a successful astronomer!

Parents, teachers, and mentors are also encouraged to participate.

The speaker

Dr. Rob Zellem is an exoplanet astronomer at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory working on ground- and space-based observations of the atmospheres of exoplanets (planets outside of our solar system). His job entails working on ground-based observing of transiting exoplanets, using telescopes to observe the atmospheres of these other worlds: the Palomar 200-inch telescope in San Diego County, NASA’s IRTF at Mauna Kea in Hawaii, the University of Arizona’s 61-inch Kuiper Telescope near Tucson, and the Mayall 4-meter Telescope at Kitt Peak in Arizona. He is also the Project Lead of Exoplanet Watch, a citizen science project that will aid in the characterization of exoplanets.

Dr. Zellem earned a BS in astronomy and astrophysics, with a minor in physics, mathematics, and classic, from Villanova University; an MSc in space science from University College London; and a PhD in planetary sciences from the Lunar and Planetary Laboratory at the University of Arizona.

Accessing the program

This free, livestream program will take place via Zoom. Registration is currently open and will remain open until the event has ended. After you register you will receive an email with a link to join the session. To help us better serve our audiences, we have included some demographic questions in the registration form. Your response to these questions is voluntary but appreciated.  Thank you!

Click here to register

The Linda Hall Library encourages people of all backgrounds and abilities to participate in our public programs.  Closed captioning is provided.  If you require additional reasonable accommodations in order to participate, please contact events@lindahall.org or call 816.926.8753 at least 24 hours in advance of the event.

Once you register for this event, you will receive email communications from the Linda Hall Library and the Linda Hall Library Foundation. You may choose to opt out of these communications at any time. Your contact information will not be sold or provided to any third parties.

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This program is funded by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. Its content is solely the responsibility of the Linda Hall Library.


February 26
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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