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When the Stars Align: The Quest to Learn How, Why, and Where Planets Form

February 2, 2023 7:00 pm
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February 2, 2023 8:00 pm
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EL_HeadshotWhen the Stars Align: The Quest to Learn How, Why, and Where Planets Form

With Yale University graduate student Emma M. Louden 

Imagine you were designing a planetary system. What kind of planets would you include? Where would you place them? How would they be oriented? How would they move around their star? Over the past 30 years over 4000 planets have been found in approximately 500 planetary systems outside of our Solar System. And most of them don’t look like our Solar System! We have one set-up here, but it turns out that a lot of other systems don’t look like ours. In this talk we will look at how, why and where planets form beyond our Solar System and what that means for how unique the Earth is and the potential for life beyond Earth.

Emma M. Louden, is an astrophysicist, the Founder of Space to Sparkle, and a space entrepreneur who is committed to helping ambitious humans who are committed to creating the future find their place in space. As an astrophysics Ph.D. candidate at Yale University, Emma studies the geometry and architecture of exoplanetary systems. Emma uses the kind of thinking spurred by this inquiry to help humanity develop a consciousness that puts the Solar System in context—Earth’s precarious position in the universe becomes clearer. She graduated Magna Cum Laude with a B.A. in Astrophysical Sciences and minors in Astrobiology and Latin American Studies from Princeton University. Emma also is a space informatics analyst and EarthDNA Ambassador. She is a co-founder of the Ask-A-Brookie Mentorship program and the Princeton Undergraduate Women in Physics program and a 2018 Brooke Owens Fellow. Emma is deeply committed to sharing her passion for astronomy to spark curiosity and excitement in future scientists, especially minoritized groups in STEM. As a sought-after speaker, Emma travels around the world as a steward of the story of the next phase of space exploration and empowers the next generation of dreamers in STEM. You can connect with her via @exoplanet_emma.

This program is cosponsored by the Library and Yale Peabody Museum Speakers Bureau Series.

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