Colorado Springs, Colorado. June 27, 2014 – Dr. Devin J. Della-Rose, director of the U.S. Air Force Academy’s Astronomical Research Group and Observatory, will discuss his work and research regarding exoplanet discoveries during a presentation at the Space Foundation’s Discovery Center tonight.
According to Della-Rose, the search continues for planets that could contain life similar to Earth.
“If there are more than 100 billion planets, we can estimate that 40 billion of those are Earth-sized and habitable,” he said. “There are that many possibilities for other life in the galaxy. It’s pretty exciting.”
Dr. Della-Rose has 20 years of Air Force experience as a military officer in providing space weather support to DOD operations, developing new space weather support technologies and in graduate space physics education of Air Force officers at the Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT). He received a B.S. degree in physics and astronomy from Texas Christian University in 1985, a B.S. degree in meteorology from The Pennsylvania State University in 1987, an M.S. degree in space physics from Utah State University in 1992 and a Ph.D. in space physics from Utah State University in 1999.
After his presentation, visitors are invited to stay for the Discovery Center’s evening of star gazing with Southern Colorado Astronomical Society.
The lecture and star gazing are included in the price of Discovery Center admission. Summer of Discovery “Astronomy” program at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, June 27, at the Discovery Center, 4425 Arrowswest Drive, Colorado Springs.