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    Seminar Title  

    The Race to find a Second Earth

    Speaker:   Prof. Rudolf Dvorak


    (Vienna University)  

    When Wednesday evening, Nov. 29, 18:30 -20:00


    Room 305, No.2 building , Xianlin campus (PMO, CAS)

                             Welcome to Attend   

      ( PMO Academic Committee & Academic Circulating committee)

       Abstract: After the discovery of 3 pulsar planets in 1990 the first exoplanet in 1995 (like Jupiter) was the beginning of a remarkable increase of the number of observed extrasolar planets. Nowadays, almost 30 years later, we have knowledge of 3710 planets, 2780 planetary systems and 621 multiple planet systems. 2/3 of these planets are large ones like Superearth, Neptunes and Jupiters in a close distance to the hosting star. Such planets are often refereed as "HOT JUPITERS" and their existence is still not fully understood. But every now and then the discovery of a second Earth is announced - but it always turns out to be a sort of fake news.

        In this seminar I will speak about the techniques to observe extrasolar planets, will also give some details of the first space telescope observing such planets via transits - the European satellite COROT and will speak about possible habitability of terrestrial planets out there in the Universe.

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