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MSRAL 2006 Convention

SLAS Regular Meeting
Friday, May 20, 2016 7:30pm
McDonnell Hall, Washington University

Dr. Heather Knutson
California Institute
of Technology

Dr. Heather Knutson will be featured at the May meeting of the St. Louis Astronomical Society. The meeting will begin at 7:30 PM Friday, May 20, in McDonnell Hall, Room 162, on the Washington University campus,
Saint Louis, MO 63130.  See the home page for directions.

Exoplanets are planets in orbit around other stars. More than 3,000 such worlds have been discovered. More continue to be detected by both ground - based and space telescopes. Most of the first group of exoplanets were giant gas worlds, like Jupiter and Saturn. Improvements in technology have made it possible to detect
even Earth - sized planets. Of greatest interest is the detection of Earth - sized planets at distances from their host stars suitable for life to exist. Dr. Knutson will talk about how exoplanets are detected, the characteristics of some exoplanets, and how the composition of their atmospheres can be determined. The presence of certain chemicals in exoplanet atmospheres could indicate that life exists on
those worlds.

Dr. Heather Knutson is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Geological and Planetary Sciences at the California Institute of Technology. She is a member of the Institute's Center For Planetary Astronomy. Dr. Knutson received the American Astronomical Society's Annie Jump Cannon Awards in 2012 for her outstanding research work. She is interested in the physics and chemistry of exoplanetary atmospheres, planet formation and migration, and the search for new low - mass eclipsing planetary systems.

May 20, 2016 - Extrasolar Planets - Heather Knutson, Ph.D. - California Institute of Technology
June 17, 2016 - Meteorologist Mike Roberts
July - TBA
August: 2017 Eclipse - One Year Out - John Wharton, SLSC


Meeting Agenda


Introduction of Officers and Visitors

Main Speaker:  Dr. Heather Knutson

Astro 101: 


Election Nominations

President - Jim Small
Vice President - Brad Waller
Treasurer - Bill Winningham
Secretary - Mark Jones
Hospitality - Larry Campbell
Board Member at Large - Rich Heuermann

Other nominations?


MSRAL 2016 - June 3-5, 2016 - Columbia, MO  Hosted by MU Physics Dept

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