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Astrobiologist to talk about life beyond Earth

1:39 PM, May 2, 2014  |  Comments
Maggie Turnbull
Maggie Turnbull
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Astrobiologist Margaret Turnbull of Antigo will present "The Search For Life Beyond Earth" at the annual meeting of the Friends of T.B. Scott Library, at 6:30 p.m. Monday, May 12, at Prairie River Middle School, 106 N. Polk St. in the auditorium.

Although the program is free of charge, interested attendees may purchase Friends of T.B. Scott Library memberships for $5 for the calendar year. The Friends of T.B. Scott Library exist to provide financial support for library facilities and services, and to stimulate library support and use.

Dr. Turnbull returned to her native Antigo about a decade ago, and now leads a science team for the New Worlds Observer, a proposed mission to detect Earth-like planets around nearby stars.

During a four-year stint at the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence Institute, Turnbull used several star catalogs to develop HAB-CAT, the Catalog of Potentially Habitable Stellar Systems.

Turnbulls' fascination with astronomy began when she was in kindergarten, and she switched her major at University of Wisconsin-Madison to biology only because it seemed a more practical course of study. When Turnbull saw Jodie Foster play an astrobiologist in search of intelligent life from another planet in the film "Contact,"she knew exactly what her mission in life was to be.

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