Colloquium on 2 September 2013
Planet Formation in Dense Star Clusters


Title: Planet Formation in Dense Star Clusters
Speaker: Henry Throop
Date: Monday, 2 September 2013
Time: 11:00 - 12:00
Venue: SAAO Auditorium


Our Solar System’s closest stellar neighbors are several light years away, and most models of the Solar System’s formation assume that we have been isolated from other stars. But a growing body of evidence suggests that most stars and planets form in star clusters far more dense, where tens of thousands of young stars are initially packed into the same volume of space as between us and our closest stellar neighbors. The Orion region is one such nearby dense stellar cluster, where UV radiation, clouds of gas, and encounters with other stars can shape the future of planetary systems. I will discuss our recent observations and modeling of the formation of stars, disks, and planets in dense star clusters such as Orion, and what this says about the formation of stars and planets throughout the galaxy.

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