Seminar of the Institute of Theoretical Physics of University of Wrocław

12:15, 19-12-13
UWr, pl. Maksa Borna 9, sala 60

New perspectives on our place in the universe

dr hab. Joanna Molenda-Żakowicz


The Nobel Prize in Physics 2019 was awarded to James Peebles for theoretical discoveries in physical cosmology, and  jointly to Michel Mayor and Didier Queloz for the discovery of an exoplanet orbiting a solar-type star. The Mayor’s and Queloz’s discovery started a revolution in astronomy, which resulted in over 4,000 exoplanets found in the Milky Way. The strange new worlds beyond the Solar System, which are still being discovered, challenge our preconceived ideas about planetary systems. They are also forcing  scientists to revise their theories of the physical processes behind the origins of planets. With numerous projects planned to start searching for exoplanets and to study their properties in more detail, we may eventually find an answer to the eternal question of whether other life is out there.

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