Watch a revealing interview with the astronomer who has led the search for exoplanets

Want to watch a fun conversation between two astronomers who are working on finding planets that might harbor Earthlike life? This is a terrific interview between American Museum of Natural History astrophysicist Mike Shara and Geoffrey Marcy, a UC Berkeley astronomer whose attempt to discover exoplanets was once, as he puts it, "treated like Star Trek." But now he's at the center of one of the most successful astronomy research teams in recent history - the Kepler group whose efforts have turned up dozens of exoplanets. Find out how Marcy did it, and where his research is headed next.

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Good interview. In the UK we have a venerable programme called The Sky At Night, which is cool in that it has a lot of interviews with professional astronomers, and the interviewers are also very knowledgeable. Unfortunately they don't do such a good job of hiding their knowledge and letting the interviewee speak. The interviewer keeps jumping in, not just to ask leading questions, but to make points and statements of their own. It's annoying; it doesn't the traditional interview approach, and doesn't work as a conversation between equals, either. Here Mike Shara does a much better job of interviewing.

I especially liked how they traced through the development of ideas and discoveries and their implications, like how the new Kepler instrument complements the older ones. Also the little asides on, eg, the connotations of the term "super Earth".