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  • New worlds, new frontiers: The next five-year plan for Australian exoplanetary science


    Seminar Title  

    New worlds, new frontiers: The next five-year plan for Australian exoplanetary science

    Speaker:   Associated Professor  Robert Wittenmyer


    (Queensland University, MINERVA Observatory)  

    When Thursday afternoon, Nov. 9, 15:00 p.m


    Room 302, Astronomy Building

                             Welcome to Attend   

      ( PMO Academic Committee & Academic Circulating committee)

       Abstract: I give a summary of recent discoveries from the Australian exoplanet community. We highlight the continuing impact of the 18-year Anglo-Australian Planet Search: the characterisation of long-period giant planets, and the insights into the occurrence rate of Jupiter and Saturn analogs.  Next I announce the discovery of the most eccentric planet yet found to orbit an evolved star. With an eccentricity of 0.86 and a mass of 4 Jupiter masses, this planet is nearing the end of its life and will plunge into its host star within 100 Myr. Finally, I discuss the future work by our group. NASA's Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) will identify hundreds of Super-Earths orbiting bright stars, for the first time allowing in-depth characterisation of these planets.  At the University of Southern Queensland, we are host to the MINERVA-Australis project, dedicated wholly to the follow-up characterisation and mass measurement of TESS planets.  I give anupdate on the status of this exciting project and our expected performance.



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