Astronomers Discuss Exoplanet Research at Meeting, Picnic

On June 21, the Department of Astronomy hosted Connecticut Exoplanet Picnic and meeting, which brought together exoplanet practitioners from Wesleyan and Yale University.

On June 21, the Department of Astronomy hosted Connecticut Exoplanet Picnic and meeting, which brought together exoplanet practitioners from Wesleyan and Yale University.

Meredith Hughes, assistant professor of astronomy, spoke on "Planet Formation through Radio Eyes."

Meredith Hughes, assistant professor of astronomy, spoke on “Planet Formation through Radio Eyes.”

The experts made presentations, shared their expertise, and explored possible collaborative opportunities. Astronomers from Bryn Mawr University, the University of Arizona, Union College, Central Connecticut State University, Bates University and Colgate University also attended the day long event.

The experts made presentations, shared their expertise, and explored possible collaborative opportunities. Astronomers from Bryn Mawr University, the University of Arizona, Union College, Central Connecticut State University, Bates University and Colgate University also attended the day long event.

Nikku Madhusudhan of Yale University spoke on "Chemical Characterization of Exoplanets."

Nikku Madhusudhan of Yale University spoke on “Chemical Characterization of Exoplanets.”

Connecticut has a remarkable concentration of exoplanet expertise ranging from planet formation, planet discovery, and planet characterization.

Connecticut has a remarkable concentration of exoplanet expertise ranging from planet formation, planet discovery, and planet characterization.

Pictured in front, at left, Seth Redfield, assistant professor of astronomy, spoke about his research on "Blue Skies in Terrestrial Exoplanet Atmospheres."

Pictured in front, at left, Seth Redfield, assistant professor of astronomy, spoke about his research on “Blue Skies in Terrestrial Exoplanet Atmospheres.”