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Astro Seminar: Elisa Quintana: Exploring the Solar Neighborhood with NASA's TESS mission

Elisa Quintana

When: Tuesday, April 30, 2019
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM Central

Where: Technological Institute, F160, 2145 Sheridan Road, Evanston, IL 60208 map it

Audience: Faculty/Staff - Student - Public - Post Docs/Docs - Graduate Students

Contact: Pamela Villalovoz   (847) 491-3644

Group: Physics and Astronomy Astrophysics Seminars

Category: Academic


The Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) launched in April 2018 and is undergoing a near all-sky survey to search for planets in the solar neighborhood. The stars TESS observes are 30-100 times brighter than those surveyed by the Kepler mission, enabling follow-up spectroscopic mass measurements and planet atmosphere studies. In its two-year prime survey, TESS will monitor 200k stars at 2 min cadence and will obtain full-frame images of the entire field-of-view at 30 min cadence, providing a gold mine of data to facilitate a vast array of astrophysics and planetary science. I will present an overview of the TESS mission and early science results. I will also present my independent research projects involving TESS data, from planet hunting to characterizing stellar activity for many hundreds of M dwarfs that span a wide range of masses and ages. Finally, I will discuss the implications of the observed population of exoplanets and their host stars for exoplanet formation and habitability.


Speaker:Elisa Quintana, NASA

Host: Erin Cox



Keywords: Physics, Astronomy, Astrophysics

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