" " 4100 Montrose Boulevard
Houston, TX 77006
6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013
Rice University - Wiess School of Natural Sciences presents Rice Science Café: Formation of Planets Around Stars, Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at 6:30 p.m. at Black Labrador Pub, Churchill Room, 4100 Montrose Blvd. FEATURING: Christopher Johns-Krull, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Physics & Astronomy, Rice University.For centuries, humans have looked up at the stars and wondered if there are other worlds out there similar to our own. Prior to 1995 we had only one example of a true solar system, our own, and we had developed a "good" understanding of how it came to be as we observe it. We now know of about 800 planets orbiting other stars and we have recently discovered about 4,000 candidate planets around other stars. It is clear that our "good" understanding is at best very incomplete, and at worst, it is just wrong.So how do planets form around stars?The Rice Science Café is a meeting where for the price of a cup of coffee or tea, a glass of wine or beer, anyone can come explore and debate the latest ideas in science and technology. A science café's casual meeting place, plain language, and inclusive conversation create a welcoming and comfortable atmosphere for people with no science background. A scientist gives a brief presentation on an interesting topic in his or her area of expertise to kick off the discussion.