Dan Fabrycky, University of Chicago, "Planets around Binary Stars"
Astronomy colloquium: Oct 5 @ 3:30 PM, ERC 401
Planet formation and evolution around single stars seemed hard enough. Now gas giant planets have been found orbiting binary stars, bringing new challenges and opportunities regarding the theory of planet formation and evolution. First we will review the discoveries of a dozen planets by NASA's Kepler mission, using both the transit and the timing methods.