College of Science

Seminar: Bonnie Buratti (JPL) (Women In Physics Seminar Series)

Chasing Pluto and How Students Have Helped

Apr 18, 2019 11:00 AM to Apr 18, 2019 12:00 PM at

The New Horizons spacecraft made a spectacular flyby of Pluto in July 2015 to reveal a geological active body with glaciers, snow and an extinct volcano. But the mission represented an instant in time for a planet – or dwarf planet depending on your perspective. Observations from ground-based telescopes give the long term perspective and the big picture. Many of these observations have been made by students.

The talk will give an overview of the New Horizons encounter at Pluto, and an update on the New Years Day 2019 encounter with the smaller Kuiper Belt Object 2014 MU69. One of the spacecraft’s instruments, the Student Dust Counter, was build and managed by students. The mission results will be put into the bigger picture of decades of observations being made from ground-based telescopes.



10:50 am Refreshments

11:00 am Seminar