Nader Haghighipour

Nader Haghighipour will deliver a presentation about NASA’s Kepler mission and the discovery of new planetary candidates on September 22, 1 p.m. at Windward Community College’s Hale ʻImiloa 111. The lecture is part of Windward CC’s Community Forum in Chemistry series.

Haghighipour, an astronomy professor with the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, will identify and discuss the occurrence rate of terrestrial-size planets within the Habitable Zone of their host stars. He will also present Kepler data from the most recent catalog of 104 exoplanet candidates with implications of the findings revealing the formation of habitable planets.

The forum is free and open to the public. Parking is free.

The Community Forum in Chemistry is co-sponsored by Windward Community College and the American Chemical Society-Hawaiʻi Section. For more information, call Letty Colmenares at (808) 236-9120.

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Haghighipour obtained his PhD degree in planetary dynamics from University of Missouri-Columbia in 1999. After a few postdoc positions at the University of California-Irvine, Northwestern University and the Carnegie Institute of Washington, he joined the UH Mānoa’s Institute for Astronomy in 2004.

His field of research is planetary dynamics and planet formation with emphasis on the detection, formation and characterization of habitable planets both in our solar system and extrasolar planets. He is currently a member of the Kepler and TESS missions science team, and the president of the division of planetary sciences and astrobiology of the International Astronomical Union.

—By Bonnie Beatson