Olowin Physics & Astronomy Lecture: Jessie Christiansen, PhD

Date & Time:
Monday, March 12, 2018 -
2 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Galileo Hall, Room 201, 1928 Saint Mary's Road, Moraga, CA 94575
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On the Road to a Billion Planets

The field of exoplanets has exploded in the last two decades, with an incredibly diverse set of planetary types and planetary systems emerging. Dr. Christiansen will describe her progress, with particular reference to the NASA Kepler mission and its role in pushing forward the exoplanet frontiers. Finally, she will introduce NASA’s next planet-finding mission TESS, due to launch in April. TESS represents a unique opportunity for the wider astronomy community to get involved in planet-finding, since it will find planet candidates that are bright enough to be followed up from the ground.