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Astrophysics Colloquium

Art and Architecture of Planetary Systems
Presented by Bekki Dawson
Pennsylvania State University

Thursday, January 4, 2018
11:00 A.M. in 169-336

Discoveries of exoplanets so different from those in our Solar System have called into question conventional theories for how planetary systems form and evolve. I will present recent progress in our understanding of the physical processes that drive the assembly of planetary systems and result in the surprising variety of orbital architectures we observe today. I will discuss orbital evolution in both the large and small planet regimes and physical processes that link planetary orbits to their physical properties and properties of their host stars. I will conclude by discussing predictions and investigations for upcoming and planned space missions.

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