Dr. David Wilner to Address Cape Cod Astronomical Society

September 5th at Dennis-Yarmouth High School
Dr. David Wilner, Associate Director of the Radio and Geoastronomy Division of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (Courtesy photo)

The September 5 meeting of the Cape Cod Astronomical Society welcomes Dr. David Wilner, Associate Director of the Radio and Geoastronomy Division of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. He presents “New Eyes on Planet Formation.

To understand where the Earth comes from, researchers are now using giant radio telescopes, such as the new high-resolution images from the international Atacama Large Millimeter Array (ALMA) located at 16,500 feet altitude in northern Chile. They are able to "see" the raw material for new planets orbiting around young stars and probe the process of planet formation in action. Dr. Wilner’s talk will introduce some basic ideas and open questions about planet formation.

The meeting, which is free and open to the public, starts at 7:30 pm in the Dennis-Yarmouth Regional High School Library. If you’d like, join us to catch dinner with the speaker before each meeting at 5:45 at the Hearth & Kettle, Route 28 in South Yarmouth.


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