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Physics Colloquium: ‘From Protoplanetary Disks to Exoplanets: Planets from Infancy to Maturity’
November 5 @ 4:00 pm
University of Wyoming
Abstract: Exoplanets have been discovered in orbits as close as 0.05 AU, and as distant as hundreds of AU. Hence, exoplanets are a hot topic, and they are also pretty cool. Because these systems are so different from our own Solar System, they challenge conventional ideas of how planets form. I will discuss what we can learn about planet formation both by examining the distribution of mature exoplanets as well as by directly studying infant planets in protoplanetary disks. I will also discuss ongoing projects using the University of Wyoming’s telescope facilities to observe and characterize exoplanets.