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Frontiers Lecture: Hot Takes on Cool Worlds

Wednesday, December 16, 2020

Rendering depicts a closeup view of the exoplanet Kepler-1652 b. Kepler-1652 b is a super-Earth exoplanet that orbits an M-type star. 
Courtesy of JPL-Caltech/T. Pyle/NASA
Is there a moon around Kepler-1625 b?

Can rocky planets around small stars hold onto their atmospheres? Are super-Earths habitable?

Laura Kreidberg, exoplanet atmosphere specialist and director of the APEx Department at the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy, reviews the latest controversies and recent discoveries of exoplanet research.

Exoplanet detection may be old news—over 4,000 have been discovered to date—but the new frontier lies in unraveling the composition of exoplanet atmospheres, their number of moons, and whether they hold the potential for life. In this month’s Frontiers Lecture, investigate how researchers approach these questions and the scientific processes and evidence supporting their hypotheses.

In 2020, the Museum is celebrating the legacy of Charles Hayden, whose vision made the Hayden Planetarium possible and brought the universe to New York City.

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 Support for Hayden Planetarium Programs is provided by the Horace W. Goldsmith Endowment Fund.