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Thursday, October 2, 2014

Using Young Disks as Laboratories for Studying Planet Formation

Colloquium: Astronomy Colloquia | October 2 | 4:10 p.m. | 2 LeConte Hall

Hannah Jang-Condell, Wyoming

Department of Astronomy

Exoplanets have been discovered in orbits as close as 0.05 AU, and as distant as hundreds of AU. Hence, exoplanets are a hot topic, but they are also pretty cool. How do such disparate planetary systems arise? The best way to learn is to directly study planets while they are forming in young circumstellar disks. Gas-rich protoplanetary disks represent early stages of planet formation, when gas...   More >