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"What Factors Determine the Final Chemical Make-up of a Planet?"
As our understanding of the solar system and exoplanetary systems continues to grow, our view of planet formation processes must expand to accommodate the incredible diversity of formation outcomes. Dr. Colette Salyk will focus this talk on her favorite technique for studying planet formation processes in action - molecular spectroscopy. Dr. Salyk will review the techniques of molecular spectroscopy and discuss how they can be used to tackle key questions about planet formation, especially: What factors determine the final chemical make-up of a planet? Colette Salyk is an Assistant Professor of Astronomy at Vassar College, and an expert in observational studies of planet formation. She received her PhD in Planetary Science from the California Institute of Technology, and her BS in Planetary Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She performed postdoctoral studies as the Harlan J. Smith Fellow at UT Austin, and as the Goldberg Fellow at the National Optical Astronomy Observatory. Now at Vassar College, she teaches courses in Physics, Planetary Science, Observational Astronomy, and is the Director of the on-campus Class of 1951 Observatory.

Coykendall Science Bldg, SUNY New Paltz

1 Hawk Dr. · New Paltz, NY


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The Mid-Hudson Astronomical Association is a gathering point for people interested in Astronomy and Science in the Mid-Hudson Valley. We organize a monthly lecture series, as well as monthly observing sessions at dark sky sites in the Hudson Valley, and public and educational events. To become a supporting member of the MHAA, go to . Dues are $25 per year. Our members are available to make presentations or arrange for public observations of the night sky or the sun and to help beginners learn how to get started in astronomy.

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