May 15, 2017
Feature Guest: Jason Dittmann
Just last month, April 2017, astronomers announced the discovery of an extrasolar planet that has the best shot at harbouring life outside our solar system. To find out what makes LHS 1140b so special and what steps are planned to learn more about this potential alien home, today we’re joined at The Star Spot by the discovery team’s leader Dr. Jason Dittmann.
Current in Space
The famous nearby star Epsilon Eridani harbours a solar system
eerily similar to ours, explains Dave. Then Tony shares what
we're learning from the clearest image yet taken of the Milky
Way's satellite galaxy, the Small Magellanic Cloud.
About Our Guest
Jason Dittmann is Postdoctoral Fellow at MIT where he is working with a team led by world famous planetary scientist Sara Seager. Dittmann holds one of the four inaugural 51 Pegasi b Postdoctoral Fellowships, which are provided to scientists studying theoretical, observational, and experimental research in planetary astronomy. Dittmann received his PhD from Harvard University and his research interests are in exoplanets and low-mass stars