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 knight@astro.umd.edu or (301)-405-2629.

SPECIAL ACCOMMODATIONS:

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.

DIRECTIONS AND PARKING

Directions and information about parking can be found here.

This page was automatically generated on: 01-Dec-2017.