Earth is the best studied planetary body in the Solar System, but it’s by no means the only one that’s interesting. From roiling clouds of sulfuric acid on Venus, to jets of organic-rich water at Saturn’s moon Enceladus, and the frozen wastes of Pluto, recent spacecraft missions have returned fascinating new insights into the diverse array of our neighboring planets and moons. In this talk, we’ll take just a glimpse at the rich tapestry of processes, landforms, and phenomena that shape the bodies of the Solar System, and how these new insights tell us more about our own world.
Noon, Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017
The Frontier, 800 Park Offices Drive in RTP
Speaker: Paul Byrne is a planetary geologist who cut his (professional) teeth on the giant volcanoes on Mars. He was involved with NASA’s mission to Mercury, and has since studied worlds across the Solar System. A professor of planetary science at North Carolina State University, Paul now leads the Planetary Research Group there to expand our knowledge of Earth to other planets, and vice versa.
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