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San Mateo County Astronomical Society Meeting

Monthly Meeting and speaker Dr. Jonathan Fortney
Fri Sep 06, 2013
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
7 pmAstronomy club monthly meetingBldg 36, Rm 110
8 pm

Speaker Dr. Jonathan Fortney
Associate Professor of Astronomy & Astrophysics, UCSC
Characterizing the Atmospheres of "Low Mass, Low Density"
Transiting Exoplanets


Dr. Jonathan Fortney   Dr. Fortney is a planetary scientist that works to understand planets as classes of astrophysical objects. His current research is on modeling planetary atmospheres, interiors, and thermal evolution.

Exciting exoplanet observations are happening on two fronts: the close-in transiting planets that can be studied with space-based and ground-based telescopes, and the young warm Jupiter-class planets far from their parent stars, which can be directly imaged.

Dr. Fortney's work on exoplanets makes connections between these distant planets, which we are just beginning to understand, and our solar system's planets, for which we have abundant data and a long history of research. However, there are classes of planets that astronomers are finding, like "Super Earths," that have no analogue in the solar system! These exciting fields will continue to expand, fueled by ground-based observations, space missions, and new modeling efforts.

Low Mass, Low Density Transiting Exoplanet

Cost: FREE
CSM Science Building 36, Planetarium
1700 West Hillsdale Boulevard
San Mateo, CA 94402 USA
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Ed Pieret
(650) 862-9602
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