WED APR 8 2015: Hakeem Oluseyi presents “Star Hacking: Finding the Next Earth and Getting There”

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Hakeem Oluseyi presents “Star Hacking: Finding the Next Earth and Getting There” at the MIT MLK LUNCHEON SEMINAR.

Wednesday, April 8th  12 – 1:30 pm, location: MIT Bush Room, 10-105

Refreshments will be served before the seminar.
Please contact Shauna Bush-Fenty at sfenty@mit.edu to RSVP.

 

Star Hacking: Finding the Next Earth and Getting There

The newest definition of the verb “hack” involves modifying something or using it other than its intended purpose in order to cleverly solve a tricky problem. It is now common in astrophysics to hack stars in order to further human understanding of the universe. We can use stars to discover new planets, to address the structure and evolution of the Galaxy, or even to develop new technologies. In this talk, I will describe my work “star hacking” at MIT this year as an MLK Faculty Fellow. Two main projects are being undertaken. The first is a collaboration with the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) science team to discover new Earth-like planets around nearby stars. TESS will also observe and discover a large number of variable stars, which may be used to elucidate Galactic structure and evolution. I will also describe a novel magnetic reconnection based, ion drive in-space propulsion technology that my group has invented, which was inspired by plasma acceleration at the Sun’s surface.

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