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Exoplanets: Worlds Beyond Our Solar System
Friday, June 15, 2018

The idea that worlds exist beyond our solar system, exoplanets, dates back to the Greek times, but it was not until 1992 that the first exoplanet discovery was accepted by the scientific community. Detections of exoplanets continued at a crawl until the Kepler mission began in 2009. To date, over 3,700 exoplanets have been confirmed using a variety of techniques. The types of exoplanets detected range from incredibility hot, Jupiter-size exoplanets to Earth-like exoplanets that may be habitable for life.                                                                                                         First, we’ll discuss the motivation behind exoplanet science and explore the subject from a historical perspective. We will investigate how some of the detection methods work and discuss their relative successes. Finally, we will conclude by exploring the reflected light of exoplanets in more detail and will discuss two methods of modeling that light. 

Time: 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Location: Reem-Kayden Center Laszlo Z. Bito '60 Auditorium
Sponsor: Bard Summer Research Institute
Contact: Paul Cadden-Zimansky.
Phone: 845-752-7584

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