Planets under construction

Event Date: 
Wednesday, March 17, 2021 - 19:30 to 21:30 EDT

Speaker's Night: Planets under construction; how to study a million year process (ONLINE)

Wednesday, March 17, 2021 - 7:30pm to 9:00pm

Speaker: Dr. Nienke van der Marel, Banting Fellow, Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Victoria

Planets around other stars, also called exoplanets, are seen everywhere! In the last 25 years, thousands of exoplanets have been found throughout the Milky Way. How do we find these planets? What are the chances of discovering life there? And if they are so common, why is it that we still don't know how they are formed? With the ALMA telescope we can now finally zoom into the birth cradles of planets: dusty disks around young stars. The spectacular images have given us new insights, but also raised many more questions on the process of planet formation.

Who can attend: Everyone
Fee: Free
Registration: Not required
Organized by: RASC, Toronto Centre