Tuesday, May 8, 2018
The Climates of Other Worlds: Searching For the Next Habitable Planet
Clare Boothe Luce Assistant Professor, Department of Physics & Astronomy
The recent discovery of numerous potentially habitable planets orbiting low-mass stars signals a major planetary population that may be the primary environment explored in the search for life beyond the Solar System. However, many factors and processes that affect planetary climate must be understood to accurately determine a planet’s habitability potential. Dr. Shields will provide an inside look into the ongoing search for another planet in the universe where life exists and describe the methods that her research group uses to explore the possible climates of extrasolar planets to identify those most capable of supporting life.