Wednesday Sept 25 2013 5PM
(Pizza and refreshments after the talk- Please bring $7 to cover the cost.)
Exoplanets: What are they, and how are they found?
Dr. Stefan Cartledge
In short, exoplanets are planets that orbit stars other than the Sun. We can now confirm the existence of between 900 and 1000 exoplanets and describe some of their properties using a variety of detection techniques. The basics of three successful methods (radial velocity, transit, gravitational microlensing) with be discussed, with emphasis on how these can be viewed as applications of material taught in high school science and physics. Further, an update on the current number of potentially habitable planets (Earth-sized, with liquid water) will be provided.
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Parking Info: For general parking information on the University of Alberta Campus, please see www.ualberta.ca/parking . The vistor parking lots closest to CCIS is Windsor Car Park (116 Street and 92 Avenue – Entrance off 116 Street) or lot V. Other main lots are Education Car Park (114 Street and 87Avenue -Entrance off 114 Street) or Stadium Car Park (116 Street and 89 Avenue- Entrance off 89 Avenue). Payment machines are located throughout these lots. E-Lot (Entrance off Saskatchewan Drive,about 114St) is also close -by, but parking is $5/hr with no daily maximum.
Please note the location of the event is in the new Centennial Centre for Interdisplinary Science (CCIS) Bldg. at the north end of the quad You may go indoors through SAB, CAB, and Chem East from the University LRT station. For a campus map and maps of the interior of CCIS, go to www.campusmap.ualberta.ca.