Biard Lecture

Planet Nine from Outer Space
Mike Brown (Professor of Planetary Astronomy, Caltech)

Wednesday March 7, 2018
6:30pm - 8:15pm
COSI, 333 W Broad St., Columbus
National Geographic Giant Screen Movie Theater

Free and open to all
Great for a general audience, including kids
ASL interpreter provided upon request

10th Annual R. Jack and Forest Lynn Biard Cosmology and Astrophysics Lecture

Recent evidence suggests that a massive body is lurking at the outskirts of our solar system, far beyond the orbits of the known giant planets. This object, at a distance approximately 20 times further than Neptune and with a mass approximately 5000 times larger that Pluto, is the real ninth planet of the solar system. I will talk about the observation that led us to the evidence for this Planet Nine and discuss how so massive an object could have been hiding in the outer solar system for so long. Finally I will discuss the international effort to pinpoint this newest member of our planetary family.

Mike Brown

Mike Brown is a Professor of Planetary Astronomy at the California Institute of Technology where he teaches classes from introductory physics to the science of the solar system. He is a native of Huntsville, Alabama, where he grew up listening to the tests of the Saturn rockets preparing to go to the moon, and he received his undergraduate degree in physics from Princeton University and his Ph.D. in astronomy from the University of California at Berkeley. He and his research group spend their time searching for and studying the most distant objects in the solar system and drinking coffee.

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