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LUVOIR Seminar



The Extraordinary World of the Small Bodies in the Solar System
Dr. Noemí Pinilla-Alonso (University of Central Florida)

Small bodies are rocky and/or icy objects, usually ranging in size from a few meters to a few hundreds of kilometers. They comprise near-Earth and main belt asteroids, Jupiter Trojans, trans-Neptunian objects, Centaurs, comets, and a recently discovered category called the transitional objects. Their physical nature, distribution, formation, and evolution are fundamental to understand how the solar system formed and evolved and ultimately, how planetary systems are formed in other stars. The number of discoveries regarding exoplanets and debris disks is continuously increasing and therefore it is crucial to first understand our own solar system’s provenance and evolution in order to better interpret what is going on in newly discovered planetary systems.
Traditionally, observations of Solar System small bodies have been conducted from ground- and Space-based facilities. Ground-based observations, however, are largely limited by the action of the atmosphere. Space telescopes provide a much better tool in terms of collecting data in some wavelength ranges such as ultra-violet and near-infrared, but even with those as Hubble Space Telescope and NASA Spitzer telescope, the study of the small bodies in the outskirts of the Solar System is extremely difficult.
In this seminar, I will present some scientific cases that are of special interest for the exploration of the small bodies in the next decades, those where LUVOIR could make an extraordinary impact.

Dr. Pinilla-Alonso will give the talk remotely. We will project slides in B34, S391 at Goddard

The dial-in number is:
1844 467 6272
Passcode: 924010
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Date November 29, 2017
Start/End Time 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Location B34, S391
Contact Ravi Kopparapu
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Event Type Seminars/Colloquia
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