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Observations of planet formation and the James Webb Space Telescope
Colette Salyk, Vassar College
In this talk, I’ll present to you the standard fairy tale story for how planets form. Then, I’ll tell you (at least some of the reasons) why this story is incomplete and why it’s essential to make real measurements of planet formation processes. I’ll describe how my favorite technique, molecular spectroscopy, can be used to make ground-truth measurements of where, how, and under what conditions, planets form. I’ll also tell you about the soon-to-be-launched James Webb Space Telescope, and how this revolutionary telescope is going to radically improve our ability to understand the chemistry of planet formation.
See also this very recent tweet: NASA James Webb on Twitter
Please feel free to check out the recordings from previous Physics Phriday events here.
Professor of Physics Hal Haggard and Colleagues Receive Buchalter Cosmology Prize for Black Hole Research
Professor Haggard and his fellow researchers were awarded the Buchalter Cosmology Prize at the 235th meeting of the American Astronomical Society in Honolulu, Hawaii, on January 6.
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