The AstroLecture Series is held every third Tuesday of the month and is co-sponsored by the San Francisco Amateur Astronomers in partnership with the Presidio Trust. Each lecture focuses on an astronomy related topic, and shares the latest findings and cutting edge science from noted professional astronomers, scientists, and scholars. Lectures introduce content that will engage the astronomy beginner as well as deliver a serious science fix to people with an advanced knowledge. One hour to 90 minutes of highly visual and stimulating presentation is followed by interactive an interactive question and answer session. For all ages. Sponsored by the San Francisco Amateur Astronomers and the Presidio Trust.
At this Event Thanks to numerous astronomical surveys, we are now aware of over 3400 planets orbiting other stars, with another nearly 2500 candidates from the Kepler Mission awaiting confirmation. The Universe is teeming with rocky and gaseous bodies. How did these planet systems form and evolve toward their present configurations? The answer to this question lies in the study of their formation environments: dusty disks surrounding young stars. The onset of the K2 mission is enabling an unprecedented search for exoplanets at ages of a few to 100 million years. Dr. Cody will show how Kepler is illuminating the conditions surrounding planet formation by providing high-precision time series data on young stars and their protoplanetary disks, and discuss a recently discovered transiting planet around a newborn star in the Scorpius region.
Ann Marie Cody, NASA Ames Research Center, works with the Kepler Space Telescope team on the K2 mission, developing software to produce ultra-high precision measurements to search for exoplanets and the study of their origins.
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