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Webinar: The Ultraviolet Spotlight on Exoplanets

Monday, January 25, 2021
5:00pm to 6:00pm
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There are about seventy-five billion terrestrial planets in our one Milky Way galaxy with temperatures capable of supporting surface life. Knowing the ultraviolet (UV) environments of planets of all sizes is crucial to understand their atmospheric composition and evolution. Characterization of the UV provides a key parameter in a planet's potential to be habitable and helps us to discriminate between biological and abiotic sources for observed biosignatures, gases we hope will be signs of life.

Join Professor Evgenya Shkolnik (ASU) as she discusses efforts to study the UV exoplanet environments using existing space telescopes and describes new efforts to build dedicated UV space telescopes.

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Evgenya Shkolnik is a professor of astrophysics at the School of Earth and Space Exploration at Arizona State University. She is an expert on exoplanets and stars, including the Sun. She studies stellar activity and star-planet interactions using telescopes on the ground and in space to answer questions involving stellar evolution and planetary habitability. Shkolnik continues to execute new observations with existing telescopes both on the ground and in space. She is also now designing new small space telescopes dedicated to these experiments.

This lecture is sponsored by the W. M. Keck Institute for Space Studies (KISS).

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