Lessons From Kepler

Yoram Lithwick (Northwestern) - March 10, 2014 at 12:10 pm

The Kepler space telescope has discovered hundreds of planetary systems. Many of the systems' properties are completely unexpected, based on what we thought we understood about planet formation. I will discuss some recent lessons learned, including the masses and eccentricities of over a hundred planets from transit time variations. I will also discuss what I think this and other lessons might be teaching us about how these peculiar planetary systems formed and evolved.

The seminar will be held in B-1 Hearst Field Annex.


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