Institute of Astronomy

Rocky Worlds: from the Solar System to Exoplanets

6 January 2020 - 8 January 2020

Monday 6th - Wednesday 8th January 2020 at the Kavli Institute for Cosmology

The planets that are best understood are the four telluric planets of our own solar system. Applying the detailed understanding gleaned from these bodies is crucial in our interpretation of exoplanetary systems.

With the on-going programs to search for planets around M dwarfs, such as TRAPPIST or MEARTH, as well as transit missions including TESS and upcoming missions such as PLATO, we can anticipate huge growth in the number of detected rocky exo-planets in the coming decades. As the characterisation of these new planetary systems proceeds it will in turn improve understanding of our own solar system, and in particular of how habitable Earth-like planets may form. This workshop aims to bring together planetary scientists, astronomers, and earth scientists to foster discussion and build the collaborations that will pave the way for the next decade of rocky exoplanet discovery and characterisation.

Please visit the Rocky Worlds Event page on the Kavli Institute Webpage for more information

Here is an overview of the workshop programme. More details will follow in due course.

Monday 6th January

Formation: Are there universal pathways to forming rocky planets?

Tuesday 7th January

Atmospheres: Do rocky planets have atmospheres of nebular ices or volcanic gases?

Wednesday 8th January

Interiors: How can we constrain the interior structure and processes of rocky planets?

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