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Frontiers Lecture: Planetary Origin Stories

May 14, 2018

alycia weinberger

Swirling disks of dust and gas surround young stars, and these disks contain the building blocks for new planets. It would take 100 million years to see a planet fully form, but luckily there are plenty of planetary systems in development for us to observe. By studying and compiling “snapshots” from nearby stars, Alycia Weinberger takes us on a journey back in time to the origins of planets.

This program will feature a full-dome experience as astrophysicist Jackie Faherty flies us across the Milky Way galaxy and orients the locations of disk-bearing stars. With additional insights from the unprecedented Gaia data set released just a few weeks ago, explore a map of our galaxy like never before.

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