Professor Phil Armitage with the Flatiron Institute and Stony Brook University will be the featured speaker at the Russell Frank Astronomy Lecture Series. His talk is titled, "No Place Like Home: Building Extrasolar Planets."
Revolutionary observational advances mean that extrasolar planetary systems are now tow a penny, but few look like our own Solar System. Armitage will describe what we know about how planetary systems form, and highlight recent discoveries that may show planets caught in the act of forming. He will discuss the prospects for first finding, and then characterizing, other planets that could host life.
This talk is intended for a general audience, including enthusiasts of all backgrounds and ages.