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From Small Dark Shadows to Pale Blue Dots: The Next Steps in Exoplanet Discovery and Characterization

Event Details

Event Dates: 

Monday, February 23, 2015 - 4:00pm

Seminar Location: 

  • JILA Auditorium

Speaker Name(s): 

Joshua Pepper

Speaker Affiliation(s): 

Lehigh University
Seminar Type/Subject

Scientific Seminar Type: 

  • Astrophysical & Planetary Sciences Seminar

Event Details & Abstract: 

The past two decades have seen an explosion of discovery of extrasolar planets. We are now assembling a picture of the variety of planetary systems in our galaxy, detecting planets in previously unexpected configurations and types. I will describe the results from recent exoplanet surveys, including NASA's Kepler space mission, and I will outline the next steps in exoplanet discovery, including the work of low-cost small telescopes, and the future space missions for exoplanet observation.