March 9: Dr Alan Jackson: “Making The Moon”

The meeting tonight is a GO!

Dr Alan Jackson, CPS Postdoctoral Fellow, Centre for Planetary
Sciences, University of Toronto

The Moon is an important part of our everyday lives. It regulates the tides
and stabilizes the tilt of Earth’s rotation axis, playing an important role in making our planet the place it is today. The lunar phases were also used to construct the first calendars, and was the first celestial body studied in detail by astronomers, not to mention the only one that has been visited
by humans so far. Compared to other satellites in the Solar system however, the Moon is unusual, so how did it come to be? I will discuss our current ideas for the formation of the Moon, and how they developed.

Alan Jackson is an astronomer and planetary scientist. Underlying his work is a deep interest in how planets, and the systems they reside in, form and evolve. To study these processes he works to predict the signatures we should see around other stars where planet formation is taking place, and the tell-tale clues that should have been left behind in our own Solar System. He is currently a postdoctoral researcher with the Centre for Planetary Sciences of the University of Toronto.

“I am an astronomer and planetary scientist. Underlying most of my work is a deep interest in how planets, and the systems they reside in, form and evolve. Within that central theme my work encompasses quite a broad range of investigations. The breadth of this topic also means that it touches on many different fields of expertise, and so I work closely with other researchers. I typically approach questions from a theoretical perspective, whilst always
endeavouring to link back to observational or experimental data.”

More on Alan Jackson:
(http://www.alanjacksonastronomy.com/)

More on this and other upcoming speaker meetings
(http://earthshineastronomy.ca/events/)

2018 RASC calendars and Explore the Universe Guides will be for sale.

Directions to UTM
(http://www.utm.utoronto.ca/about-us/contact-us/maps-directions)

The meeting will be held from 8:00 to 10:00 p.m. at The University of Toronto,Mississauga Campus, in lecture hall SE2072 in the William Davis Building. The meeting is open to the public and is free.

Enter off of Mississauga Road. Park in lot 4 or the parkade, across from the fitness centre south of the Davis Building. Enter through the Fitness centre, walk up the stairs until you reach the main corridor then turn right. (If you need an elevator,follow the corridor to the right of the stairs, then go up to the main floor.) Look for the Mississauga Centre sign in front of the lecture room.

Post meeting plans: we usually continue the discussion post-meeting at a local bar – please join us!

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