Saturday March 7, 2020
Albuquerque, NM 87106
Contact:The Albuquerque Astronomical Society
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SATURDAY, MARCH 7 - 7:00PM
REGENER HALL - UNM CAMPUS
FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Featured Speaker: Dr.Diana Dragomir - "The Mysteries of Super-Earth Exoplanets:
From KEPLER to TESS, exoplanet discovery has burgeoned to 4,116 confirmed entities. Just 25 years ago, humanity did not know whether planets were common in the Universe, or whether the Solar System was an anomaly. Then, in 1995, a giant planet was discovered in a 4-day orbit around a main sequence star. Since then, the number of exoplanets announced every year has been increasing exponentially, and most are unlike any of the Solar System planets.
An intriguing category of exoplanets are the super-Earths: exoplanets with sizes between those of the Earth and Neptune. While absent in the Solar System, they are ubiquitous around other stars, and yet we know little about what these planets are like and how they formed. Dr. Dragomir will discuss how astronomers use both humble and powerful telescopes to gradually reveal the nature of this fascinating class of exoplanets.
Dr. Diana Dragomir is a Research Assistant Professor in the UNM Department of Physics and Astronomy since August 2019 (to be an Assistant Professor in August 2020).
She obtained her PhD in Astronomy from the University of British Columbia in 2013, was a postdoctoral scholar at the University of California Santa Barbara and at the University of Chicago.