Frontiers Lecture: Interstellar Interlopers

Part of Frontiers Lectures

Wednesday, February 17, 2021

Illustration depicts Oumuamua as a large object hurtling through space. Artist rendering of Oumuamua—the first known interstellar object to visit our solar system—racing toward the outskirts of our solar system.
Courtesy of NASA/ESA/STScI
What are interstellar interlopers, and what can they tell us about how planets form?

Join Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) astronomer Amaya Moro-Martin for reflections on the discovery of the first two interstellar objects crossing the solar system and a flight through space using the OpenSpace data visualization software.

These interstellar objects are most likely intermediate products of planet formation that were ejected from young planetary systems beyond our solar system. Find out why they play a pivotal role in our understanding of planetary system formation and evolution—and point to the possibility that one day, we will be able to hold a fragment from another world in our hand.

Meet the Presenter

Amaya Moro-Martin received her Ph.D. from the University of Arizona in 2004. After a short postdoctoral stay at the Max Plank Institute fur Astronomy in Heidelberg, Moro-Martin spent the next four years as a Lyman Spitzer Fellow and a Michelson Fellow at Princeton University. In late 2008, she joined the Spanish National Research Council as a Ramon y Cajal Fellow and in 2014, came to STSCI as an assistant astronomer, working now at its Science Mission Office.

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