Origins Institute: A Census of Exoplanets in the Milky Way through Gravitational Microlensing (ONLINE)

Origins Institute
Monday, November 2, 2020 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm

The Origins Institute at McMaster University invites you to a public lecture with Dr. Kailash C. Sahu, an astronomer at the Space Telescope Science Institute, and an instrument scientist for the Hubble Space Telescope.

Did you know that 5000 exoplanets have been discovered to date through a variety of techniques? Gravitational microlensing is one such technique that can detect planets around faraway stars, and also planets orbiting at large distances from their parent stars.

In this talk, Dr. Sahu will give a brief introduction to microlensing and discuss the results of microlensing networks and different transit programs that suggest planets outnumber the stars in our Galaxy. He will conclude his talk with a discussion on how the upcoming Roman telescope will significantly advance the field by detecting thousands of exoplanets through microlensing.

We hope you can attend and if not we encourage interested participants to still register so that they will be emailed a link to the archived talk.

Who can attend: Everyone
Fee: Free
Registration: Zoom
Organized by: McMaster University Origins Institute