Justin Crepp, The Frank M. Freimann Assistant Professor of Physics
We now know that planets exist beyond the solar system. In fact, they are common. Recent observations indicate that the formation of terrestrial worlds is a natural outcome of the star formation process: each time a new star is born, so are its planets. In this talk, I will describe how NASA’s Kepler space mission has revolutionized our ability to conduct a census of other neighboring worlds. We are on the brink of discovering the first terrestrial planets that orbit in the habitable zone of nearby stars.