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Seminar: Howard

February 2, 2015 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Speaker: Andrew Howard

Title: Rise of the Super-Earths

Abstract: Planets between the size of Earth and Neptune are commonly found in close-in orbits around Sun-like stars, yet are notably absent from our Solar System. I will review recent progress in our understanding of the properties of these ‘super-Earths’ or ‘sub-Neptunes’, with an emphasis their size and mass distributions, orbital architectures, and inferences we can make about their atmospheres and interiors. I will close with a recent highlight – my team’s recent discovery and upcoming characterization of a planet 1.5 times Earth size orbiting in the habitable zone of a nearby star.


February 2, 2015
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Physical Science Building 211
University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu, HI 96822 United States


Karen Meech