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SLAS Regular Meeting
Friday, October 17, 2014 7:30pm
McDonnell Hall, Washington University

The Search For Planets
of Other Suns

Dr. Catarina Ubach
Swinburne University of Technology

Dr. Catarina Ubach will be featured at the October meeting of the St. Louis Astronomical Society. The meeting will begin at 7:30 PM Friday, October 17, in McDonnell Hall, Room 162. More than 900 "exoplanets" are now known to orbit other stars. That number will continue to increase as telescopes both on the ground and in space search the skies. Dr. Ubach will outline the history of planet searching, and review what has been discovered since the first exoplanets were detected in 1995. She will also explain the likely nature of future technologies. Advanced devices will reveal the chemical composition of the atmospheres of exoplanets, as well as provide direct images of Earth's distant cousins. They may even detect traces of life on other worlds.
Dr. Catarina Ubach obtained her PhD at Swinburne University of Technology in
Astrophysics and is an astronomer interested in public outreach programs as well as
research. Her own research is focused on the early stages of planet formation, particularly on the growth of rocky dust grains in the clouds from which new stars and planets form.

Upcoming meetings
November: Dar k Matter , Dar k E ner gy, and the Accelerating Universe - Dr. Bharat
Ratra of Kansas State University


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Dr. Ubach

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