Monday, Mar 12, 2018 6:30p -
247 Elm Street
Somerville, MA 02143
Alcohol, Date Idea, Innovation, Lectures & Conferences, Tech, University
Science by the Pint is a free science café in which we invite a Boston-area research lab out to a pub or brewery to chat science over a cold one. The events are geared toward a general audience – all are welcome and no experience is necessary!
This week's event is:
Small Stars with Small Planets and Big Consequences
Dr. Phillip Muirhead
Assistant Professor, Department of Astronomy, Boston University
“What can our solar system tell us about exoplanets?
“What can the Sun tell us about other stars?”
These are just a few of the questions that drive Dr. Phillip Muirhead and his research group at BU. Recent projects in the lab have focused on a wide range of subjects, from measuring the relative sizes of binary star masses to determining how to best assess the chemical composition of dwarf stars, but generally focus on studying the properties of planets beyond the confines of our own planetary neighborhood. One particular topic of interest has been mid-M dwarf stars, which are less than one-third the size of our own Sun. Though small, these stars seem to have a frequent association with the occurrence of small transiting planets, not unlike the moons found around Jupiter and other gas giants, and may yield clues as to both how these moons formed as well as the other planets of our solar system. Please join us for what is sure to be an out-of-this-world event!