This October marks the 20th anniversary of the discovery of the first exoplanet found around a main-sequence star. In celebration, the Jet Propulsion Lab (JPL) has organized several events in Washington D.C.
Tom Barclay and I participated in an outreach event to kick off the weekend of exoplanets at the National Air and Space Museum. Tom and Hannah Wakeford (from NASA Goddard) presented a public talk on exoplanets and life in the universe hosted by David DeVorkin. The stage was so cool and space age, I was excited when we were all asked to stand on it and record short videos for some of the museums other outreach programs. We also, along with scientists from Goddard and JPL, staffed an educational exoplanet booth.