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Big Steps Toward Small Worlds: Exoplanet Atmosphere Characterization in the Next Decade and Beyond

When:
Thursday, Sep 17, 2020 11:00 AM
Where:
Zoom
More Info:
Big Steps Toward Small Worlds: Exoplanet Atmosphere Characterization in the Nex…
Audience:
Faculty/Staff, Students
Sponsor:
KIPAC: Kavli Institute for Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology

Astrophysics Colloquium Speaker Laura Kreidberg (MPIA) via zoom https://stanford.zoom.us/j/423773826

Zoom info: https://stanford.zoom.us/j/423773826

We now know that exoplanets abound in the Galaxy, with most stars hosting at least one planet. These recently discovered worlds are much more diverse than the planets in the Solar System, and raise many questions about their formation, evolution, and habitability. To address these questions, we turn to atmosphere characterization, which provides a wealth of additional information about the planets. I will discuss the state of the art in atmosphere studies, focusing on new developments in comparative planetology, the 3D nature of atmospheres, cloud and haze formation, and whether rocky planets have atmospheres at all. I will conclude with a discussion of future prospects for atmosphere characterization in the coming decades.

2019 Webby Award Nominee

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