Don't Rain on my Planet: The Importance of Clouds and Hazes for Understanding Exoplanets and Brown Dwarfs


Wednesday, June 16 2010 - 12:00 pm, PDT
Mark Marley

Clouds and hazes shape the observed spectra of exoplanets and brown dwarfs. Yet we know from Earth that clouds and hazes are inherently difficult to model and are the leading source of uncertainty in terrestrial GCM forecasts of globals warming. Dr. Marley will review what we know about the chemistry and physics of clouds in substellar atmospheres and discuss some pathways to haze formation in exoplanet atmospheres. In the future determining if extrasolar earthlike planets are habitabl-or inhabite-will ultimately depend on an understanding of the role clouds play in their atmospheres, so we can expect to be hearing about these issues for some time to come. 

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