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Leading NASA researcher to speak in Whangarei

Dr Natalie Batalha is an astrophysicist at NASA Ames and senior researcher of the Kepler Space Telescope. Her work has led to the discovery of thousands of planets around nearby stars and extends to the new James Webb Space Telescope due to launch in October 2018.

She will present a public lecture sponsored by the Royal Astronomical Society of New Zealand's Lecture Trust on Saturday October 7 in Whangarei.

Dr Batalha was named One of Time's 100 most influential people in April 2017.


This event is best suited for children aged 8 and older. Younger children are welcome but if they become restless we request they be taken from the auditorium temporarily in fairness to others.

An invitation for the audience to ask questions will be made after Dr Batalha's main presentation. We request these questions be on-topic and brief to allow fair access to as many as possible in the 15-20 minute time allowed.

Dr Natalie Batalha
Dr Natalie Batalha
NASA Ames Research Center

Date: Saturday October 7 - 7:00 pm

Venue: Tikipunga High School

Cost: Adult $10, Child $5

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