Birth of Stars and Planets lecture on October 4

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Posted: Sep 28, 2007

HONOLULU - The next Frontiers of Astronomy Community Lecture will feature UH Institute for Astronomy astronomer Jonathan Williams speaking on "The Birth of Stars and Planets" on Thursday, October 4 at 7 p.m. in the Institute for Astronomy (IfA) Manoa Auditorium.

Dr. Williams will address the question, "How did our Sun and solar system form?" To answer this question, astronomers study young stars that are in the process of forming new planetary systems, and cosmochemists study meteorites, fragments of asteroids found on Earth's surface that record conditions in the early solar system. Reconciling the two lines of evidence points to an unusual origin for our solar system, and suggests that Earth-like planets with both land and oceans may be rare.

Jonathan Williams specializes in using radio telescopes operating at millimeter wavelengths to study star and planet formation. He received his BA from the University of Cambridge in 1988 and his PhD from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1995, and joined the UH Institute for Astronomy faculty in 2002. In addition to doing research and teaching, he directs the IfA's Research Experiences for Undergraduates program funded by the National Science Foundation.

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The poster (pdf) for this event is available at

Founded in 1967, the Institute for Astronomy at the University of Hawaii at Manoa conducts research into galaxies, cosmology, stars, planets, and the sun. Its faculty and staff are also involved in astronomy education, deep space missions, and in the development and management of the observatories on Haleakala and Mauna Kea.