SLAS Regular Meeting
Friday, January 20, 2017 7:30pm
The Golden Age of Exoplanet Discovery
Dr. Peter Plavchan
Missouri State University
Dr. Peter Plavchan will be featured at the January meeting of the St. Louis Astronomical Society. The meeting will begin at 7:30 PM Friday, January 20, in McDonnell Hall, Room 162, on the Washington University campus, Saint Louis, MO 63130. McDonnell Hall is accessible from Forsyth Boulevard via Tolman Way. Yellow zone and street parking are available to the audience. The event, cosponsored by NASA's Missouri Space Grant Consortium, is open to the public free of charge.
In 1992, the first two planets orbiting another star were detected. In 1995, another was found around a different star. By January 1, 2017, more than 3,500 "exoplanets" have been detected. Most planets have been found indirectly, but a few have been photographed directly. Some exoplanets are roughly the size of Earth. Some may have surface conditions suitable for alien life to develop. Dr. Plavchan will talk about how exoplanets planets are detected and why so many planets have been found during the past few years. He will explain why the 21st century has turned into the "golden age" of exoplanet discovery.
Peter Plavchan is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Astronomy, Physics, and Materials Science at Missouri State University in Springfield, Missouri. He earned his Doctoral degree in Physics from UCLA. Prior to joining the faculty at Missouri State, he was an Assistant Research Scientist at the NASA Exoplanet Science Institute at CalTech. His research interests include the study of exoplanets, small cool red stars, planetary formation, and the specialized instruments required for these research areas.
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