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Unravelling the secrets of planetary birth and death with Dr Mike Ireland, AAO

Friday 10 February 2012 - 8:00pm
Topic: Unravelling the secrets of planetary birth and death
Speaker: Dr Mike Ireland, AAO
Venue: Epping Creative Centre - 26 Stanley Road, Epping
Abstract: After 15 years of discovery, we now know that the extrasolar planet zoo is heterogeneous, complex and rarely resembles our own solar system. I will describe current efforts using the world's largest telescopes to directly image planets at their birth, including the recent announcement of a planet in the process of formation discovered around LkCa 15 in Taurus. I will also describe efforts we will begin this year with the Macquarie University observatory 16" telescope to detect planets around dying stars.
Biography: Dr Mike Ireland grew up just north of Maitland, NSW, where the skies were dark enough to inspire an early fascination with the heavens. He received a PhD from the University of Sydney in 2006 for work on the Sydney University Stellar Interferometer and work on the atmospheres of Mira variable stars. After a 3 year postdoctoral fellowship at the California Institute of Technology, he returned to Australia and is now a lecturer in astrophotonics at Macquarie University and an instrument scientist at the Australian Astronomical Observatory.


Event Date: 
Friday, 10 February, 2012 - 20:00

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