Other Earths

Making Earth-Like Planets: Five Great Mysteries

Monday, April 7th 2014

Dr. Linda T. Elkins-Tanton
Director, Department of Terrestrial Magnetism
Carnegie Institution for Science

The search for life within and beyond our solar system is one of today’s most exciting directions in astronomy. Astronomers and scientists in other disciplines are collaborating to discover how the processes of planetary evolution combine to produce a habitable planet, as defined by one indispensable ingredient: liquid water. Dr. Elkins-Tanton will discuss the mysteries of planetary formation — where Earth’s water came from, whether our solar system is average or unusual, how dust around young stars could accrete into planets, and much more.

Partial funding for Carnegie Observatories’ 2014 Astronomy Lecture Series was provided by The Kenneth T. and Eileen L. Norris Foundation. The lectures were hosted by A Noise Within Video production by Neighbors Video Services

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