Department of Physics and Astronomy
Stony Brook University
7:30 pm; ESS Building, Room 001
Friday, Oct. 28, 2016

NASA's Juno mission to Jupiter

Prof. Alan Calder

NASA's Juno spacecraft was launched on August 5, 2011 and arrived at Jupiter on July 4, 2016. Its mission is to study the atmosphere of Jupiter to measure the composition, particularly the amount of water, and to observe Jupiter's magnetic and gravitational fields. The information from Juno will help us better understand the origin and evolution of Jupiter, which will also help us understand the formation of giant planets. In the talk, we will discuss the layout of the solar system and what we know about Jupiter, theories of planet formation, questions the Juno mission strives to answer and the latest results from Juno.

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 a variety of problems including core collapse and thermonuclear supernovae, merging neutron stars, and classical novae.