Planetary and exoplanetary Astronomy Lunch Seminar for 2019-12-09

Series: Planetary and exoplanetary Astronomy Lunch Seminar
Date: Monday 09-Dec-2019
Time: 11:15-12:15
Location: ATL 1250
Speaker: Matthew Knight (UMD)
Title: 1I/'Oumuamua, 2I/Borisov and the Emerging Field of Interstellar Objects

The discovery of 1I/'Oumuamua in 2017 was the culmination of decades of searches for the first interstellar visitor to our solar system. Our second interstellar visitor, and the first unambiguously interstellar comet, 2I/Borisov was discovered in August 2019 and is currently the subject of a world-wide observing campaign. I will review what is known about Borisov to date and highlight the studies being conducted by our group at UMD, including observations with the Discovery Channel Telescope, the ZTF, the VLT, and the Hubble Space Telescope. I will then discuss the new investigations that are being enabled by the discovery of two interstellar objects and where such inquiries may go over the next decade.

For further information contact PALS coordinator Dr. Lori Feaga at or (301)-405-1383.


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.

This page was automatically generated on: 03-Dec-2019.