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Topic: Finding Pluto's Compatriots
Speaker: Dr. Christa Van Laerhoven
Location: Room AQ3159
Abstract from Dr. Van Laerhoven: The trans-Neptunian belt (also called the Kuiper belt) has some pretty complicated substructure. I will talk about how surveys of the trans-Neptunian belt work: how astronomers find trans-Neptunian objects (TNOs), determine which population they belong to, and estimate the sizes of each population. I will also talk a bit about how the structure of the trans-Neptunain belt can teach about how it was formed/emplaced, and provide context for MU69, the upcoming target of the New Horizons spacecraft.
Dr. Van Laerhoven is a postdoctoral fellow at UBC. She gained her PhD from the Department of Planetary Sciences at the University of Arizona in May 2014. Christa has a B.Sc. from UBC in Physics and Astronomy (Honours) and is an ex-president of the UBC Physics Society. Christa is an OSIRIS-REx Ambassador and a panelist on reddit.com's AskScience. Dr. Van Laerhoven is interested in orbital dynamics in general, in particular that of multi-planet extra-solar systems.
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