Professor Alan Calder
Department of Physics and Astronomy
7:30 pm Room 001 ESS Building
Friday, October 14, 2011

Exploring Jupiter with Juno

NASA recently launched Juno, an orbiter due to reach Jupiter in July, 2016. The stated goal of "Unlocking Jupiter's Mysteries" includes measuring properties of Jupiter's atmosphere, probing Jupiter's structure via measurements of its gravitational and magnetic fields, and testing and validating planet formation theories.

In the next of the popular series Astronomy Open Night, Prof. Alan Calder will discuss the Juno mission. He will describe the gas giant planets, present theories of planetary formation, and discuss the questions the Juno mission hopes to answer.

Alan Calder joined the Stony Brook Physics and Astronomy department in 2007 after research appointments at the University of Illinois and the University of Chicago. His research is in numerically modeling astrophysical phenomena, and he has studied core collapse and thermonuclear supernovae, coalescing white dwarfs, and classical novae.