The Formation of Stars and Planets

TUE, SEP 15, 2015 (52:10)

Dr. Kenyon explains the formation of stars and planets and also the significance of the New Horizons flyby mission to Pluto. The New Horizons Pluto mission, as he indicates in the article below ("In Focus: New Horizons...."), will provide important information about the "fossil record" of our own solar system as the data are processed over the next year or so.

+ BIO: Scott Kenyon

Scott J. Kenyon, Ph.D., Senior Astrophysicist, Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory Scott Kenyon's research covers several of the key interests in contemporary astrophysics: the formation of stars and planetary systems; hyper-velocity and runaway stars in the Milky Way; and the characteristics of binary star systems. He is a major authority on the development of proto-planetary disks around young stars.

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