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Frontiers of Astronomy Community Lecture

The New Solar System


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Wednesday, March 18, 2009, 7:30 p.m.

UH Mānoa Campus, Art Building Auditorium (map)

Free and open to the public

Our perception of the solar system has changed greatly in the last 20 years, in large part because of work done in Hawai‘i. We now recognize three major domains—those of the rocky planets, the giant planets, and the comets—and we are beginning to understand the connections and interrelations between them. The region beyond Neptune, in particular, has emerged as an unexpectedly rich repository of clues about the formation and early evolution of the solar system. Dr. Jewitt, a member of the UH faculty and the National Academy of Sciences, will present a sweeping and accessible overview of the new solar system and the latest ideas concerning its origin.


Poster landscape © Michael Carroll, International Association of Astronomical Artists, Solar system images above talk title by NASA-JPL.