Join us for Exoplanet Lecture by MIT Professor

We are excited to announce we have a guest speaker from MIT that is going to join us at Anna Maria to give us a lecture on Exoplanets.You don’t have to be a member to join us as the public is welcome to join us for this lecture.The details below will give you more information on both the speaker and the lecture topic.

Lecture abstract - The Grand Diversity of Extrasolar Worlds 

The last few decades have seen a massive transformation in our knowledge of how our planet Earth and our Solar System fit into the broader context of planetary systems in our Galaxy. Astronomers have now discovered over 5000 (and counting!) extrasolar planets. The observed exoplanetary census displays a staggering degree of diversity, with many planets that have properties much different from the planets in our own Solar System. What causes this variety? And how can we understand its implications for the physics of planet formation? This talk will review our current knowledge of exoplanets, with a particular focus on the architectural properties of short-period planetary systems. I will discuss leading theories that describe their observed properties, and I will highlight what aspects are as-yet unexplained.

Bio - Sarah Millholland | Assistant Professor of Physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Sarah is an Assistant Professor of Physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research. As a data-driven dynamicist, she is interested in a broad range of problems in exoplanetary science. In particular, she studies the formation and evolution, orbital architectures, and interiors/atmospheres of exoplanets. 

Before starting at MIT in July 2022, she was a NASA Sagan Fellow at Princeton University from July 2020-June 2022. She obtained her PhD in Astronomy from Yale University in May 2020, and was an NSF Graduate Research Fellow from 2017-2020. She spent her first year of graduate school at the University of California Santa Cruz and subsequently transferred to Yale to keep working with her advisor, Professor Greg Laughlin. Before that, she was an undergraduate student and Goldwater Scholar at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota, where she obtained bachelor’s degrees in physics and applied mathematics in 2015.

We hope you can join us and meet some of your fellow Aldrich members and get an update from club president Jim Zebrowski as to what is going on and coming up for events in your club.

We are meeting at Anna Maria College in the Science Building at 7:30. If you need directions click here for a Google Map to Anna Maria College and for a campus map and location of the Science building parking lot. We will be meeting in the basement room of Science Building with entrance right off the parking lot.