Come not between the dragon and his wrath: A tale of small stars and their planets

Alycia Weinberger

Thursday, March 18, 2021 - 18:30
Neighborhood Lecture Series
Alycia Weinberger, Earth and Planets Laboratory

Of the ten closest stars to the Sun known to host planets, seven have masses less than half that of the Sun. These small stars are common and apparently host planets in abundance, but they also flare frequently. Energetic particles, X-ray, and ultraviolet light from flares may affect planet formation and evolution. Our tale will focus on two nearby stars singeing their planets.

About the speaker:
Dr. Alycia Weinberger is a Staff Scientist at the Carnegie Science Earth and Planets Laboratory in Washington, D.C. Weinberger is an observational astronomer interested in planet formation, exoplanets, and brown dwarfs. Her expertise includes high contrast/high spatial resolution imaging, infrared spectroscopy, astrometry, and instrumentation. Through her research, she aims to understand how planets form, so she observes young stars and their disks, the birthplaces of planets, as well as finding and studying planetary systems. Read more about Alycia Weinberger on her website or follow her on Twitter.Register for this event

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