Planetary and exoplanetary Lunch Seminar (PALS) for 2024-02-05

Series: Planetary and exoplanetary Lunch Seminar (PALS)
Date: Monday 05-Feb-2024
Time: 11:15 am - 12:15 pm
Location: ATL 1250 and Zoom (contact host Jacob Kloos for link)
Speaker: Ian Wong (NASA GSFC)
Title: Exploring the diversity of small bodies in the Solar System with JWST: Insights into planetesimal evolution past and present

Abstract: The launch of JWST ushered in a new era of observational astronomy. Within our Solar System, the next-generation capabilities of the on-board instruments are providing fresh perspectives into the chemical composition and physical properties of a wide range of targets. A major focus area of observing programs throughout the first year of science operations has been the exploration of small bodies, including near-Earth objects, main belt asteroids, Jupiter Trojans, and Kuiper belt objects. These enigmatic planetesimals are leftover material from the era of planet formation and are key to understanding detailed aspects of planet formation and the various evolutionary processes that have transpired over the past 4.5 billion years. In this talk, I will provide a broad overview of the exciting results that JWST has provided throughout the Solar System in the realm of small body astronomy. I will also discuss future avenues of study, particularly the potential for productive synergies between JWST and upcoming large-scale surveys, such as the Legacy Survey of Space and Time (LSST) at the Rubin Observatory.

If you have any questions, contact the PALS hosts: Jacob Kloos (small bodies) and Matt Nixon (exoplanets).


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 information about parking can be found here.

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