Visualizing Planets with Radio Telescopes with Meredith Hughes


The antennas of the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) point up towards a starry sky in the chajnantor plateau, Chile

Astronomers have discovered thousands of planets in our galaxy, but how much do we understand about how they are formed? Why, for example, are some planets rocky like ours, while others like Jupiter and Saturn are gaseous? Astrophysicist Meredith Hughes of Wesleyan University explains what we know about planet formation in our own solar system, and breaks down how powerful radio telescopes are helping scientists answer questions about distant systems in our galaxy.

This Frontiers Lecture took place on April 9, 2018.



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