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AMNH Virtual Frontiers Lecture: Hot Takes on Cool Worlds

Updated on December 10, 2020 - 3:17 PM CST
Posted on December 10, 2020 - 3:16 PM CST

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AMNH Virtual Frontiers Lecture: Hot Takes on Cool Worlds

12 pm EST, December 16, 2020

Illustration of Kepler-1652b, a super-Earth exoplanet that orbits an M-type star. Courtesy NASA JPL-Caltech.

Is there a moon around Kepler-1625 b? Can rocky planets around small stars hold onto their atmospheres? Are super-Earths habitable?

Laura Kreidberg, exoplanet atmosphere specialist and director of the APEx Department at the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy, reviews the latest controversies and recent discoveries of exoplanet research.

Exoplanet detection may be old news — over 4,000 have been discovered to date — but the new frontier lies in unraveling the composition of exoplanet atmospheres, their number of moons, and whether they hold the potential for life. In this month’s Frontiers Lecture, investigate how researchers approach these questions and the scientific processes and evidence supporting their hypotheses.

This Frontiers Lecture will take place at 12 pm EST. Advance registration is required. Buy your ticket on the museum's website. Members of the museum are free. Registrants will be emailed the Zoom connection information on the day of the event.