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Trappist-1: Discovery of Seven Earthlike Planets

Professor Adam Burgasser

Seven Earthlike planets that could harbor life have been identified orbiting an “ultra-cool” dwarf star called Trappist-1, located about 40 light years (235 trillion miles) from Earth. UC San Diego physicist Adam Burgasser contributed to the discovery, announced on February 22, 2017, as a member of a multinational research team housed at the University of Liege in Belgium. Professor Burgasser will describe the study that led to this exciting discovery and will discuss its potential implications.

Instructor: Adam Burgasser, Professor of Physics at UCSD, is an observational astrophysicist who investigates brown dwarfs and exoplanets using ground-based and space-based telescopes. He received his PhD from the California Institute of Technology.

Coordinator: John Kroon

Course Number: OSHR-70114   Credit: 0 units


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Dates Class Type Section ID Fee
07/27/2017 In-class 125129 $0.00  

Day and Time: Thursday, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Location: Room 129, UCSD Extension Complex, 9600 N. Torrey Pines Rd., La Jolla