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Robust Emergence of Diverse Planetary Systems and the Prospects of Life aro...
Thu 12 May 2016, 17:30 – 18:30
Planetary astrophysics is the most rapidly advancing field in astronomy today. The planetary census suggests that planets, especially those similar to the Earth, abound around nearby stars. The surveys discovering exoplanets and characterizing protostellar disks have revitalized intense efforts to understand how planetary systems form and evolve, including our own Solar System. We can now extrapolate the ubiquity of habitable planets and the possibility of finding tell-tale signs of life on them. Emerging comparative planetology shows that the planets we see today depend both on the environments in which they formed, and on their subsequent complex dynamical interactions.
Professor Douglas Lin, a Carnegie Centenary Professor, will describe some recent paradigm shifts in the theory of planet formation, especially on the role of planet migration in their evolving natal disks, their interaction with each other and with their host stars, and their potential implications for the origin and proliferation of life elsewhere in the Universe.
Doors open 5pm for 5.30pm start.
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NASA Ames/JPL-Caltech/T. Pyle
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Lecture Theatre A, James Clerk Maxwell Building
Peter Guthrie Tait Road