Saturday 8 May
Lecturer: Dr. Melissa McClure (University of Leiden)
Was the Solar System’s formation ‘normal’?
We tend to think of the Solar System as normal. However, in the last two decades thousands of extra-solar planets have been discovered around other stars. It is now thought that, on average, every star should host an “exoplanet”. Compared with this large population of exoplanets, the Solar System now stands out as unusual. I will discuss what we know about the formation of the Solar System, and whether aspects of its formation can explain the differences with the observed exoplanet population. Finally, I will touch on what impact such differences in formation might have on the prospects for extra-solar planet habitability.