Thursday, October 26, 2017 - 18:30
Event Host: 
Department of Terrestrial Magnetism

Our Broad Branch Road Fall Neighborhood Lecture Series kicks-off with DTM's John Chambers.  Chambers will present, "The Mystery of Planet Formation." 

We all live on a planet, and planets represent the best places to look for life elsewhere in the universe. This makes planets uniquely interesting objects, both for astronomers, and for everyone who is interested in our origins and our place in the cosmos. The Sun's planets are a diverse bunch, with a wide variety of orbits, sizes, compositions, atmospheres and climates. Newly discovered planets orbiting other stars are even more varied, and many of these planetary systems are very different than our own. How did this diversity arise? In this lecture, we will explore how planets form and why they look the way they do. We will see how scientists have pieced together the story so far, and what puzzles remain to be solved in the years to come.

The Broad Branch Road Neighborhood Lectures provide an opportunity to get up close and personal with Carnegie scientists at our campus in northwest Washington DC. These lectures begin at 6:30 p.m. and last for approximately one hour, followed by a brief question and answer period. Doors open to the public at 6:00 p.m. with light refreshments. The campus is located at the intersection of Broad Branch Road and 32nd Street in northwest Washington, DC. Parking is available on campus and accessible via Jocelyn and 32nd Streets. Street parking is permissible.  The campus is a short, three-block walk from Connecticut Avenue and two blocks south of Military Road. For directions, click here.

Registration is strongly recommended.  Register here.