The “Goldilocks zone” is the fanciful term astronomers have adopted for the area around a star that’s not too hot, and not too cool, but just right for supporting liquid water (and therefore life). Since the Kepler Space Telescope recently discovered an Earth-like planet in that sweet spot around another star, why not get to know the neighborhood? In the Sci-Fi Universe, tonight’s lecture at the Hayden Planetarium, astronomers Brian Levine and Christina Pease look at places we’ve imagined — from Kim Stanley Robinson’s Underhill colony to an ice planet like Hoth — and map them to planets that actually exist. At the Hayden Planetarium Space... More >>>