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The Climate and Habitability of Short-Period Planets

Date:  Thursday, October 26th, 2017

Speaker:  Nicolas Cowan, McGill University


Planet hunters have discovered thousands of exoplanets (planets orbiting other stars). We now know that most temperate terrestrial planets orbit close to dim red stars and experience dramatically different stellar forcing than the Earth, notably permanent day and night hemispheres. Since we have no analogs to these worlds in our Solar System, we must observe them to understand their atmospheric composition, clouds, and wind patterns. To date, we have been able to study the climates of a few dozen


LIGO observes merger of neutron stars

The UO LIGO team played a major role in today’s announcement of the observation of a binary neutron star merger — see Around-the-O. In addition to the gravitational waves, the event GW170817 was accompanied by gamma-ray burst GRB 170817A and a large range of other observations from the electromagnetic spectrum, including the signatures of heavy element synthesis. Several journal articles on the gravitational wave observations were published today in conjunction with the press conference in Washington DC. At least 38 separate papers were also set to appear today from astronomical


UO undergraduate Physics Major, Manju Bangalore, Featured in ‘Around the O’

Physics senior, Manju Bangalore just returned from an internship at NASA where she worked on the Orion spacecraft, which is designated to return astronauts to the moon and eventually, to Mars.

Bangalore’s first NASA internship in 2015 at Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, “focused on the economics of in-space propulsion,” and in the fall of 2016 she worked on spaceships at NASA, where she had the opportunity to help develop technology and science policy at the White House.

It’s also vital to Bangalore, a first generation Indian-American, to recognize that as a woman