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Physics & Astronomy Colloquium - Professor Elisabeth Newton, Dartmouth College

Title: "Observing the evolution of stars and planets"

Friday, October 20, 2023
3:30pm – 4:30pm
Wilder 104 & Zoom
Intended Audience(s): Public
Categories: Arts and Sciences, Lectures & Seminars

Abstract: Our Galaxy teems with stars and their (exo)planets. The evolution of the two are intimately linked: stellar high energy radiation is thought to drive atmospheric evolution in close-orbiting exoplanets. However, studying their evolution is challenging as most changes occur on million-to-billion year timescales. I will examine the evolution of spin and magnetism in M dwarf stars, the smallest and most common type of star in the Galaxy and the most promising stars for the study of temperate planets. I will then turn to young exoplanetary systems, which may still be in the throws of dynamical and atmospheric evolution. I will focus on how the discovery and characterization of these young exoplanets hinges on using stars as our guides, and our efforts to directly observe atmospheric mass-loss on individual exoplanets.

Hosted by the Physics and Astronomy Colloquium Committee
Please click the link below to join the webinar:
Passcode: Email Physics.Department@dartmouth.edu for passcode
For more information, contact:
Tressena Manning

Events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.