In the last 20 years over 1,500 planets have been discovered orbiting around nearby stars and most of these exoplanets are completely unlike anything in our solar system. Astronomers have developed incredible methods that allow us measure the atmospheric properties of some planets, giving us clues as to the physical conditions on these exotic worlds. Dr. Rauscher will discuss the current status and future of these grand endeavors.
All talks are free and refreshments will be served. Visitor parking for the seminars (Central Campus) is across the street from the Dennison Building in the U-M Church Street structure. There is a $2.00 parking charge implemented by U-M Parking Services.
For more information regarding the Saturday Morning Physics series, see the Physics Department website, or call 734.764.4437.