- We once wondered whether planets are common, uncommon, or extremely rare in the universe: a question that was largely unanswered until very recently, when NASA’s Kepler mission revealed planet abundance.
- But as it turns out, despite the huge numbers of planets discovered, not only do not all stars have planets, but all planets don’t have stars either.
- In this fascinating 90-minute conversation with Dr. Camper Schwartz, we delve into the details of planet formation, go straight to the frontiers and look even further into the great unknown.
Although it seems like a long time ago, we had no idea since the early 1990s whether planets in the universe were universal, common, uncommon, or even extremely rare. While some data sets seemed to suggest that every star in the universe had planets around it, we now know that’s not true at all. Many, and perhaps most, stars have planets, but many other stars do not have planets. In addition, the number and types of planets that exist, including planets that have no origin stars at all, are still being investigated, and the field of planet formation has become very active.
With new data from infrared and radio observatories, including JWST and ALMA, we’re learning a lot about the planets forming in the universe, including the conditions under which they form and what the various important and dominant considerations are. Here as our last guest in Podcast starts with A BangTo help us separate what is known from what is still intriguing, Dr. Camper Schwartz, Postdoctoral Researcher at MPIA Heidelberg.
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There’s still a lot to learn, but cool, how much we know today compared to the early ’90s is amazing. Enjoy this look at the limits of what we know about how planets formI hope this leaves you wondering what else we will learn in the very near future!
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