Join us on October 28, either at the Ponderosa firehouse or on Zoom, for a couple of great astronomy talks.
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First at 6:30 p.m. we have our FYI session over accessing and using NASA data and images.
Next at 7:30 p.m. our main speaker, Andrea Isella, will give an exciting talk on How to build a planetary system: new insights from astronomical observations.
Until a few decades ago, all our knowledge of how planets are formed was based on observations of the Solar System and on the analysis of meteorites. Then, starting in the late 90s, a new generation of telescopes delivered unprecedented imaging capabilities allowing astronomers to discover planets around other stars and directly witness their formation. Since then, astronomical observations have revolutionized planet formation and have reshaped our view of the Solar System. In the presentation, Dr. Isella will introduce the main theoretical and observational challenges involved in understanding the formation of planets and will discuss how current and future astronomical observations will address them.
Dr. Andrea Isella is the William V. Vietti Associate Professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Rice University. His research focuses on understanding the formation of stars and planets. Dr. Isella received his PhD in Astrophysics from the University of Milano, in Italy, and, before moving to Rice in 2014, he spent several years at the California Institute of Technology developing instrumentation to image the universe at radio wavelengths.