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Media Advisory 09-034

Charbonneau Exoplanet Research Team Makes Major Discovery

Discovery to be detailed in major peer-reviewed journal on Dec. 17; NSF sponsors embargoed webcast news briefing for journalists on Dec. 14

Photo of David Charbonneau, NSF's 2009 Alan T. Waterman Awardee.

David Charbonneau, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, NSF's 2009 Alan T. Waterman Awardee.
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December 10, 2009

"If other Earths are out there, we're going to find them," said David Charbonneau of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, as quoted in this month's DISCOVER magazine piece, "Earth-Like Worlds Come into View," Number 8 on what DISCOVER calls "100 astonishing discoveries from the past year--the ideas and breakthroughs that are reshaping our understanding of the world."

Join us for a live webcast as Charbonneau presents details of exciting new discoveries on the way to this goal--including a world, unlike any other--guaranteed to advance exoplanetary research. The briefing will be embargoed until the research findings are published the week of December 14 in a major peer-reviewed journal.

Who:Journalists only please
When:Dec. 14, 2009, 11 a.m.
Where:Visit and/or call 800-857-9757 to access the presentation.
How:Passwords are needed to access the presentation and to ask questions during the live event; journalists interested in participating must email to obtain the necessary passwords.


Journalists are encouraged to submit questions in advance to or during the webcast via phone or email.


Media Contacts
Lisa-Joy Zgorski, NSF, (703) 292-8311,

Related Websites
David Charbonneau, NSF's 2009 Alan T. Waterman Awardee:
David Charbonneau: DISCOVER Magazine's Scientist of the Year:
NSF and NSB Pay Tribute To Top American Scientists, including link to Charbonneau interview:

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