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Young Solar Systems in Our Own Backyard - An Atlanta European Science Café

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Alliance Française / Goethe-Zentrum - Colony Square, Plaza Level

1197 Peachtree Street, NE · Atlanta, GA

How to find us

Take the escalator up to the Plaza Level. Continue to your left. You'll find us on the right hand side, overlooking the courtyard.

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- This event is sponsored by the Atlanta European Science Café and is hosted by the Consulate General of France in Atlanta.
- It is free and open to the public and RSVPs are not required to attend.
- Seating will be on a first-come-first-served basis in accordance with our Open Seating Policy ([masked]).
- Doors open at 5:30 pm.
- Light refreshments will be served.
- Complimentary 4-hour parking in the Colony Square Parking deck is offered after 5 pm with your validated parking ticket.

Young Solar Systems in Our Own Backyard - An Atlanta European Science Café
Hosted by the Consulate General of France in Atlanta

Nicole Cabrera, NSF Graduate Fellow
Department of Astronomy
Georgia State University

Although astronomers have been discovering exoplanets since the 1990's, only recently have we found a planetary system that resembles our own. While our Solar System is structured with small, rocky planets close to the Sun and gas giants much farther away, most exoplanetary systems that we've found contain Hot Jupiters, which are gas giants that orbit very close to their star.

How do we explain this strange phenomenon, when our own Solar System gives us no clues? Did the Hot Jupiters form in-situ, or did they migrate from farther out in the system? Why is our Solar System so different and why did it take us so long to find our "twin?" In this talk we will address the challenges of explaining Hot Jupiters and a new method that could help us understand their origins as well as the formation timescales for giant planets.

About Nicole
Nicole Cabrera was born in Santiago, Chile and grew up in Miami, Florida. She received her Bachelor's degree in Physics from Georgia Tech after completing two NSF Astronomy internships in Hawaii and New Mexico. Now an astronomy PhD student at Georgia State University, Nicole spends part of her time collaborating with the Institute of Planetology and Astrophysics of Grenoble (IPAG) at Joseph Fourier University in France.

Nicole is also a recipient of the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship and the Chateaubriand Fellowship, which allow her to continue her international research. She is an avid dancer of salsa and swing, and enjoys baking and traveling on the weekends.

The Atlanta European Science Café is sponsored by

• British Consulate General in Atlanta

• Consulate General of France in Atlanta

• Alliance Française d'Atlanta

• Goethe-Zentrum Atlanta

• German Consulate General Atlanta

• Consulate General of Switzerland in Atlanta

• Consulate General of Ireland Atlanta

• Consulate General of Belgium in Atlanta

and organized with the assistance of the Atlanta Science Tavern.