In the last 20 years, we have learned that planets orbit most of the stars in our galaxy. Now that we have a better understanding of planet populations, the field is moving from detecting exoplanets to characterizing them. The direct imaging technique is uniquely capable of characterizing cold planets, long-period planets, and ultimately, habitable planets around Sun-like stars. I will describe how we image exoplanets, why we image exoplanets, and where the field is heading as we develop technologies that will soon be capable of detecting bio-signatures in the atmospheres of habitable planets.
Speaker: Andrew Skemer, UC Santa Cruz
Musical performer: Oscar Reynolds and Karumanta
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