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The formation and evolution of extrasolar planets

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19:00 – 20:00 18 Jun 2015
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Room A003, Ellison Building, Northumbria University, NE1 8ST

Speakers: Ken Rice

To date we have confirmed the existence of almost 2000 extrasolar planets (or, exoplanets).  What's been most surprising is their diversity; from Jupiter-like planets orbiting very close to their parents stars, to planets with highly elliptical orbits, to planets that orbits their stars in the opposite direction to what would be expected, to planets orbiting much further from their parents stars than any planets in our own Solar System.  I'll present here what we currently know of the exoplanet population, how we know what we do, and our current understanding of how they formed and evolved.  I'll also describe some of my own research on the topic and something of what we might expect in the not too distant future.

Event type: Lecture/Talk
Organised by: IOP North East
Contact details: Richard Hornby
r.j.l.hornby@physics.org

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