How New Zealand is discovering cold planets

Massey University
Publication date:
29 May 2018, 7:00pm - 29 May 2018, 8:30pm
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Massey University, Albany, Sir Neil Waters Lecture Theatre
Associate Professor Ian Bond

More than 3000 planets orbiting other stars have been found. Most of these are warm/hot planets that orbit close to their host stars. Here in New Zealand the technique of gravitational microlensing is used to discover colder planets in more distant orbits. This is the last unexplored realm of exoplanet space but very important in understanding planet formation and even addressing habitability.

This lecture will cover how we use microlensing in NZ starting from the first planet discovered by this technique through to the latest results. We will also look at future plans to work with NASA to use microlensing to find planets from space.

Last updated: 2018-05-18