This year's Astronomy Lecture Series will be held at the Huntington Library and Botanical Gardens on Mondays April 3rd, April 17th, May 1st, and May 15th. All lectures are free to the public, but seating is limited and a reservation is a required. For those who cannot attend, there will be live streaming available. All the details can be found at our Lecture Series web site.

Image of extra-solar planet

Washington, DC— An international team of astronomers released the largest-ever compilation of exoplanet-detecting observations made using a technique called the radial velocity method. They demonstrated how these observations can be used to hunt for planets by detecting more than 100 potential exoplanets, including one orbiting the fourth-closest star to our own Solar System, which is about 8.1 light years away from Earth. The paper is published in The Astronomical Journal.