The year 2015 marks the 20th anniversary of the discovery of 51 Peg b, the first confirmed exoplanet around a Sun-like star. This detection has triggered extraordinary development in exoplanet research all around the world, through various observational techniques such as radial velocity variations, transit, microlensing, direct imaging and astrometry. Continua a leggere From super-Earths to brown dwarfs: Who’s Who?
A long-anticipated interdisciplinary field of science is now exploding on the scene: Astrobiology. Are habitable planets common in the universe? What properties of a planet are necessary for chemical reactions to create replicating molecules such as DNA, to spawn biology and support long-term evolution? Continua a leggere Worlds Suited for Biology
This conference will address the science of planetary interiors by combining recent observations of exoplanets, advances in planetary orbital dynamics, and discoveries in experimental and theoretical high pressure science. An emphasis will be placed on planets with radii up to 2.5 times that of the Earth. Continua a leggere Physics of Exoplanets: From Earth-sized to Mini-Neptunes