The Galactic Planetary Census

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Details

Date
Wednesday, October 08 2008 - 12:00 pm, PDT
Speaker
Greg Laughlin
Affiliation
UC Santa Cruz
Description

During the past decade, over three hundred planets have been discovered orbiting stars beyond the Sun. The catalog of planets is rapidly pushing down to ever-lower masses, and the discovery of potentially habitable planets is likely no more than a year or two away. In this talk, Greg will focus on how the emerging and distinct population of "Super Earth" type planets is giving an advance indication of both the frequency of occurrence and the mechanisms of formation for terrestrial-mass planets in the local galactic neighborhood.

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