Planetary and exoplanetary Lunch Seminar (PALS) for 2023-11-06

Series: Planetary and exoplanetary Lunch Seminar (PALS)
Date: Monday 06-Nov-2023
Time: 11:15 am-12:15 pm
Location: Zoom (contact host Jacob Kloos for link)
Speaker: Ben Sharkey (UMD)
Title: What are Jupiter's irregular satellites? Testing Giant Planet Migration with JWST

Abstract: Jupiter's irregular satellites are small bodies thought to be captured from the hypothesized era of planet migration. Models of the formation and migration of giant planets predict that these small satellites were likely captured from the primordial Kuiper Belt. Placing constraints on their material composition(s) is critical to test whether irregular satellites share lineages with other captured populations (i.e., Jovian Trojan asteroids) and present-day Kuiper Belt objects. I will discuss the JWST Cycle 2 program I am leading to address these questions, with particular attention to how the unique collisional environment of irregular satellites may provide fundamental insights into the evolution of dark, carbonaceous surfaces.

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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