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Oct
25
Fri
Colloquium: Shun Karato (Host: Jason Jackiewicz)
Oct 25 @ 3:15 pm – 4:15 pm
Colloquium: Shun Karato (Host: Jason Jackiewicz) @ BX102

Solving the Puzzles of the Moon

Shun Karato, Yale University

After 50 years from the first landing of men on the Moon, about 380 kg of samples were collected by the Apollo mission. Chemical analyses of these samples together with a theory of planetary formation led to a “giant impact” paradigm (in mid 1970s). In this paradigm, the Moon was formed in the later stage of Earth formation (not the very late stage, though), when the proto-Earth was hit by an impactor with a modest size (~ Mars size) at an oblique angle. Such an impact is a natural consequence of planetary formation from a proto-planetary nebula. This collision may have kicked out mantle materials from the proto-Earth to form the Moon. This model explains mostly rocky composition of the Moon and the large angular momentum of the Earth-Moon system. High temperatures caused by an impact likely removed much of the volatile components such as water.

However, two recent geochemical observations cast doubt about the validity of such a paradigm. They include (i) not-so-dry Moon suggested from the analysis of basaltic inclusions in olivine, and (ii) the high degree of similarities in many isotopes. The first observation is obviously counter-intuitive, but the second one is also hard to reconcile with the standard model of a giant impact, because many models show that a giant impact produces the Moon mostly from the impactor. In this presentation, I will show how one can solve these puzzles by a combination of physics/chemistry of materials with some basic physics of a giant impact.

Nov
22
Fri
Colloquium: Rixin Li (Host: Wladimir Lyra)
Nov 22 @ 3:15 pm – 4:15 pm
Colloquium: Rixin Li (Host: Wladimir Lyra) @ BX102

Simulating Planetesimal Formation in the Kuiper Belt and Beyond

Rixin Li, University of Arizona

A critical step in planet formation is to build super-km-sized planetesimals in protoplanetary disks. The origin and demographics of planetesimals are crucial to understanding the Solar System, circumstellar disks, and exoplanets. I will overview the current status of planetesimal formation theory. Specifically, I will present our recent simulations of planetesimal formation by the streaming instability, a mechanism to aerodynamically concentrate pebbles in protoplanetary disks. I will then discuss the connections between our numerical models and recent astronomical observations and Solar System explorations. I will explain why all planetesimals likely formed as binaries.

Jan
27
Mon
Pizza Lunch: Candace Gray
Jan 27 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
Pizza Lunch: Candace Gray @ AY 119

APO Open House Info

Candace Gray

Jan
30
Thu
Astronomy on Tap
Jan 30 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Astronomy on Tap @ Bosque Brewing Las Cruces Public House

Join us for the inaugural Las Cruces chapter of Astronomy on Tap! Join local astronomers from the NMSU Astronomy Department for a night of fun, accessible space-related presentations, games, and prizes.

Please RSVP on the Bosque Brewing website if you’re planning on attending!
https://www.bosquebrewing.com/bosque-brewing-events

Feb
6
Thu
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Feb 6 @ 3:15 pm – 4:15 pm
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Feb
10
Mon
Pizza lunch: Jon Holtzman
Feb 10 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
Pizza lunch: Jon Holtzman @ AY 119

pyvista: a data reduction framework

Jon Holtzman, NMSU

Feb
11
Tue
Remote Colloquium: RESERVED
Feb 11 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Remote Colloquium: RESERVED @ MH 85

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Feb
12
Wed
Remote Colloquium: RESERVED
Feb 12 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Remote Colloquium: RESERVED @ MH 85

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Feb
13
Thu
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Feb 13 @ 3:15 pm – 4:15 pm
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Feb
17
Mon
Pizza lunch: Melissa Rice and Casey Dreyer
Feb 17 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
Pizza lunch: Melissa Rice and Casey Dreyer @ AY 119

Mars Science and Space Policy

Melissa Rice, Western Washington University

Casey Dreyer, Planetary Society