IPAC at Caltech partners with NASA, NSF, JPL and the world-wide research community to advance exploration of our Universe. Beginning with the IRAS mission in 1985 and spanning to Spitzer today, we have enabled transformative research of the infrared sky. We provide science operations, user support, data services, and scientific vision to maximize discovery with observatories both in space and on the ground. We share these discoveries with the public through education outreach programs and award-winning media. Our diverse community of active researchers is dedicated and essential to fulfilling this mission.
Science Talk • 12:15 PM, March 1st, 2017 • KS 410
We will stream the talk over webex. To receive the webex link, sign up for the mailing list at lists.ipac.caltech.edu/mailman/listinfo/trappist1webinar. In this talk, we describe the known characteristics of the TRAPPIST-1 system, and place the discovery in broader context, asking: how Earth-like are the seven planets and could they support life? We review advances in measurement and data analysis techniques that have made Spitzer the observatory best suited for long term monitoring of Earth-size planets around cool stars. Finally, we discuss IPAC’s work to create artist’s concepts to help imagine the possibilities of each of the 7 worlds.
Science Talk • 12:15 PM, March 8th, 2017 • MR LCR