Nader Haghighipour, an associate astronomer at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa’s Institute for Astronomy, received a Humboldt Research Fellowship for Experienced Researchers to work on planets in binary star systems. He will be giving a public talk about his work on March 13.
Haghighipour researches the formation and detection of habitable planetary systems, including the detection of habitable planets in binary star systems. These are worlds with two suns like the planet Tatooine in the Star Wars movies. He also participates in studies of the origin of Earth’s water, including a collaboration to detect main-belt comets.
Haghighipour has edited a book about planets in binaries and he is a member of the planet-binary working group of the Kepler Space Telescope, which is searching for habitable planets.
He will spend 2013 in Germany at the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy in Heidelberg and the University of Tuebingen.
The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, based in Bonn, Germany, promotes collaborations between German and non-German scientists and scholars.
Haghighipour will be giving a talk entitled The Quest for Habitable Planets at the UH Mānoa Art Building auditorium on March 13 at 7:30 p.m.
Recent advancements in ground- and space-based astronomy have resulted in the discovery of several extrasolar planets that are only a few times the size of Earth. Some of these have surface temperatures favorable for the development of life. Haghighipour will explain how he and his collaborators find these planets and how they evaluate their potential for life.
Go to the Frontiers of Astronomy Community Lecture Series website for more information