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Rice Science Café: Characterizing Planets Around Other Stars

February 5 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm CST

FREE EVENT: The Rice Science Café will feature Chris Johns-Krull, Ph.D., professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, in a talk titled “Characterizing Planets Around Other Stars: The Quest for Life on Other Worlds.”

Description: “The first planets outside our solar system were discovered in 1995, and now about 3000 of these exoplanets have been discovered. The population of these known planets includes worlds smaller than the Earth up to worlds that are about 10 times the mass of Jupiter. Despite the large number of planets that have been found, significant questions remain as to how they form. Indeed, we still do not know the primary mechanism by which the largest planets (the most easy to detect) form. The vast majority of exoplanets have been found as a result of their effects on their parent stars. We are now starting to directly characterize the planets themselves, which allows us to better determine how planets form, and will eventually allow us to look for life on other worlds.

“This talk will present very recent work on the characterization of a newly formed planet and will discuss our prospects for finding inhabited worlds in the next few years.”

Chris Johns-Krull faculty page: http://www.ruf.rice.edu/~cmj/

The program begins at 6:30 p.m., but the Churchill Room often fills up fast, so it is best to arrive early.

There is no admission charge. Light snacks will be available. Food and drinks from the restaurant must be paid for.

NOTE: This is a NON-HOSTED Meetup.

PARKING: Free parking is available in the garage for Black Lab patrons. Street parking in the surrounding neighborhood is also available.

NOTE: If you’d like to be placed on the e-mail list for the Rice Science Café, please go to this website: https://mailman.rice.edu/mailman/listinfo/science-cafe_l


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