Planets With Two Suns
One of the most notable advances in astronomy in the last 30 years is the discovery of planets that orbit other stars. Recently, a new class of exoplanets has been discovered: planets that orbit two stars (called "circumbinary planets"). Since stars in binary systems may outnumber single stars in the Milky Way, the recognition that close binary star systems can host planetary systems was a large step forward. After giving a brief introduction to the exciting field of exoplanet research, I will highlight some of the recent discoveries of circumbinary planets.
Jerome Orosz grew up in Greeley, Colorado. He attended the University of Northern Colorado and double-majored in Physics and Mathematics. After receiving a Master's degree in Physics from Ohio University in Athens, he enrolled in Yale University where he earned a Ph.D. in Astronomy in 1996. After getting his degree from Yale, he was a postdoctoral scholar at The Pennsylvania State University and at Utrecht University in the Netherlands. He joined the faculty in the Astronomy Department at San Diego State University in 2002, and currently holds the rank of Professor. His research interests include binary star systems, stellar-mass black holes, and exoplanets.
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