Planetary Astronomy Late-morning Seminar for 2017-12-04

Series: Planetary Astronomy Late-morning Seminar
Date: Monday 04-Dec-2017
Time: 11:15-12:15
Location: Atlantic 1250
Speaker: Silvia Protopapa (UMD)
Title: A window to the formation and evolution of the Solar System through compositional analysis

Over the past decade, the synergy of ground- and space-based observations, modeling efforts, and laboratory studies has highlighted vital information on the composition of solar system bodies. I will discuss some of the latest results from New Horizons at Pluto and contrast them with emerging trends seen in other trans-Neptunian objects and comets – the primitive remnants of the planetesimal disk from which the outer planets formed. I will demonstrate how characterizing the composition of these objects, which requires performing laboratory measurements and applying advanced modeling techniques to interpret state-of-the-art ground- and space-based observational data, can shed light on the fundamental processes at play during the epoch of planet formation and throughout the evolution of the solar system. I will also outline future work and perspectives in light of recent results.

For further information contact PALS coordinator Dr. Matthew Knight at or (301)-405-2629.


Special accommodations for individuals with disabilities can be made by calling (301) 405-3001. It would be appreciated if we are notified at least one week in advance.


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