University of Minnesota
School of Physics & Astronomy

MN Institute for Astrophysics Colloquium

Friday, March 24th 2017
Speaker: Charles 'Chick' Woodward
Subject: Small Worlds – New Vistas

Our solar system contains a surprising diversity of planetary environments whose import has direct bearing on understanding the condensation of materials out of a cooling solar nebula, planetesimal evolution, and the eventual migration of giant worlds beyond the frost line to new orbital positions. Highlighted during this presentation will be recent observational exploration of solar system small bodies, with new remote sensing techniques from ground-based and space-based facilities motivated by the question: How have the myriad chemical and physical processes that shaped the solar system operated, interacted, and evolved over time? Vistas within our solar system shed light on processes that are likely repeated among the plethora of exo-planetary systems and may help us how comprehend how common life might be.

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