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Department of Astronomy pres.

Astronomy Colloquium Series Presents

Dr. Sean Andrews, Astrophysicist, Smithsonian Institution Astrophysical Observatory

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Dr. Sean Andrews
“Observing Planet Formation”

Planetary systems form in the disks of gas and dust that orbit young stars. In the past few years, very high angular resolution observations of disks in nearby star-forming regions have started to uncover some key signatures of the planet formation epoch. This talk will focus on what we are learning about the distribution of disk material on spatial scales of only a few astronomical units, largely based on state-of-the-art measurements with the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA), and the corresponding implications for the assembly and early evolution of planetary systems.

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