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Renowned astronomer, Dr. Geoff Marcy, to give rare presentation at UCI, October 13-15, 2006

New telescopes search for signs of life on other planets

Binary Research Institute

Irvine, CA (August 21, 2006) Distinguished professor of astronomy at UC Berkeley, Dr. Geoff Marcy, will be a keynote speaker at the Conference on Precession and Ancient Knowledge (CPAK) at UCI this fall. The Conference is a forum for the best and brightest minds exploring topics related to archaeo-astronomy, the depth of ancient human knowledge, and our place in the Universe. Credited with discovering more extra-solar planets than anyone else, Dr. Marcy will discuss cutting edge technology at the forefront of space exploration: Several new telescopes are now planned (as large as the Hubble Space Telescope) that will be dedicated to hunting for other Earth-like planets that could be inhabited by intelligent life.

To date, Dr. Marcy's research has focused on the detection of extra-solar planets and brown dwarfs. His team has discovered 110 extra-solar planets (as of January 2006), allowing study of their masses and orbits. Among the planets discovered are the first multiple-planet system, the first Saturn-mass planet, the first Neptune-mass planet, and the first transiting planet. Marcy is also participating in Berkeley's new "Center for Integrative Planetary Science," designed to study the formation, geophysics, chemistry and evolution of planets.

Geoff Marcy has been on ABC Nightline with Ted Koppel, CBS Nightly News, PBS Nova, CNN, BBC, David Letterman and many other national and international television programs. He has also been highlighted in Time Magazine (cover story), Newsweek, Discover Magazine (Space Scientist of the Year) and a wide assortment of newspapers and magazines throughout the world. Honored by the National Academy of Sciences, American Astronomical Society and the National Science Foundation, Geoff is arguably the most distinguished astronomer of the modern era.

CPAK will be a rare opportunity to hear Dr. Marcy present with other accomplished researchers, providing a rich and compelling context for learning about our Universe and cultures of the Earth over thousands of years. Other presenters include: Best-selling author, Graham Hancock, (The Sign and The Seal, Fingerprints of the Gods and Heaven's Mirror), archaeo-astronomer Walter Cruttenden, author of Lost Star of Myth and Time, Mayan scholar John Major Jenkins, author of Maya Cosmogenisis 2012, Egyptologist John Anthony West (The Traveler's Key to Ancient Egypt, Serpent in the Sky: The High Wisdom of Ancient Egypt), and noted geologist Robert Schoch, author of Voices of the Rocks, known for re-dating the Sphinx.


For more information about the Conference on October 13-15, 2006, or to register, go to or call Raina Horn at 949-399-0306.

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