Golden Age of Exoplanet Exploration

Mar 14, 2019 | Pasadena

Exoplanets are planets poutside of our solar system.  Many of us have learned the names of the planets around our own solar system, but did you know that some scientists also study planets outside of our solar system.  We call these planets 'Exoplanets'.  As of March 1, 2019, scientists have confirmed exactly 3,999 planets in 2,987 systems! 

We’ve peered into the atmospheres of some, and we’ve found whole families of planets orbiting strange stars -- many in configurations starkly different from our own. We’ve learned a lot from NASA's Kepler mission, which launched 10 years ago and ceased operations in November 2018. A new NASA planet-hunting spacecraft called TESS, which began science operations as Kepler was winding down, will give us thousands of new discoveries in the coming years. And the Spitzer Space Telescope has provided us valuable insights into what these worlds might be like. If you are around the Pasadena area (March 14 & 15), this show will look at the state of exoplanet science and give us a view of what future discoveries may be around the corner. 

Host: Preston Dyches

Speakers: Jessie Christiansen (CalTech, Research Scientist); Karl Stapelfeldt (JPL, Chief Scientist)


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