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Peter Wall Seminar Room 307

6331 Crescent Road

Vancouver, British Columbia V6T 1Z2

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Wait, isn't it just gravity? Planet formation and its puzzles that keep astronomers awake all night.

Planet formation is a process in which stardust, much smaller than the width of human hair, coalesces to form objects exceeding scales of thousands of kilometres. While we have a general picture of how this is done, there are many basic steps in planet building that are either poorly constrained or simply unknown. In this talk, we will explore the Solar System, its meteorites, discs around stars, and the thousands of planets known outside of the Solar System in a journey to highlight where our formation theories are successful and where they fail. We will compare the Solar System’s architecture to other planetary systems and discuss how gas dynamics, orbital dynamics, and aerodynamics all play fundamental roles in building worlds around stars.

Dr. Aaron Boley is a Wall Scholar and Assistant Professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at UBC. He investigates the birth of planets, and seeks to put the Solar System in context with the many worlds now known to exist. His research program addresses processes such as the rise of planet-forming discs, the formation of solids found in meteorites, and the long-term evolution of planetary systems and their debris (asteroids and comets). To do this, Dr. Boley utilizes supercomputer simulations, as well as observations from some of the world’s most powerful astronomy facilities.

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Peter Wall Seminar Room 307

6331 Crescent Road

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