The bowl of porridge was not too hot, but not too cold. The rocking chair was not too big, but not too small. The bed was not too long, but not too short.
Goldilocks’ selections in the popular children’s tale have a few things in common with NASA astrophysicist Natalie Batalha’s search for life in the universe.
Batalha, who gave Tuesday’s morning lecture in the Amphitheater, kept with the week’s theme of “Our Elegant Universe” by explaining how she and other scientists with NASA’s Kepler Mission go about the slow, painstaking work of searching for planets with the capacity to develop and support life.