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We have now discovered thousands of exoplanets around stars that are not our Sun, and we have now realised that our own solar system may be far from the norm. These alien worlds are often hot, massive, and perplexing to astrophysicists - just how do these objects form, and what processes make them different to our own?
In this talk, we will contemplate the search for alien worlds, why it is important to search for them while they are forming, and what this all could mean for finding life elsewhere in the universe.
Dr Cass Hall is an assistant professor of computational astrophysics at the University of Georgia, USA. She uses supercomputers to study the birth environments of exoplanets. Originally from the UK, she graduated with a Master of Physics in Physics and Astrophysics from Sheffield University in 2013 and a PhD in Astronomy from the University of Edinburgh in 2017.
She was awarded the Winton Exoplanet Fellowship in 2017 and relocated to the USA in 2020. In 2021, she was awarded the Royal Astronomical Society’s Winton Award for early achievement in astronomy, and the University of Georgia’s Lilly Teaching Fellowship with a stated focus on making astronomy, astrophysics and physics education more equitable, accessible and inclusive.
Cass is passionate about issues regarding equity, diversity and inclusivity, and is on a one-woman mission to obtain a portable planetarium to bring the joys of astronomy and education to some of Georgia’s most rural areas once the pandemic is over.
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