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VIRTUAL EVENT: Book Talk: The Smallest Lights in the Universe: A Memoir

Thursday, December 3, 2020 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Registration is requested
Members and VESP holders: Free | Visitors: $5

Smallest Lights in the Universe book coverVirtual Event: Book Talk: The Smallest Lights in the Universe: A Memoir

with Sara Seager

MIT astrophysicist Sara Seager has always been in love with the stars: so many lights in the sky, so much possibility. As a pioneering planetary scientist, she revels in the alien beauty of exoplanets and the technical challenges of distant exploration. But with the unexpected death of Seager’s husband, the purpose of her own life becomes hard for her to see. Suddenly, at forty, she is a widow and the single mother of two young boys. For the first time, she feels alone in the universe.

In this luminous memoir, Seager reinvents herself in the wake of tragedy and discovers the power of connection on this planet, even as she searches our galaxy for another Earth. Probing and invigoratingly honest, The Smallest Lights in the Universe is its own kind of light in the dark.


Sara Seager author headshotSara Seager is an astrophysicist and a professor of physics and planetary science at MIT. She led NASA’s Probe Study team for the Starshade project. Her research is focused on the search for the first Earth-like exoplanet, and she has introduced many new ideas to the field of exoplanet characterization, including work that led to the first detection of an exoplanet atmosphere. She lives with her family in Concord, Massachusetts.

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