National Weather Center Colloquium: Speaker Bio

Two classes of exoplanets identified without modeling

Joint Colloquium of the National Weather Center & OU's Department of Physics and Astronomy

Dr. Joseph Harrington
Planetary Sciences Group, Dept. of Physics, University of Central Florida

Dr. Harrington began observing and modeling giant planets as an undergraduate at MIT. His paper on the collision of comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 with Jupiter in 1994 (part of his MIT’s Ph.D. thesis in planetary sciences) was published in Nature and sparked the worldwide media coverage. He then held an NRC Fellowship at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, during which he identified the majority of planetary waves known on planets other than Earth. From 1997 to 2006, he worked as a staff scientist at Cornell University, where his interests shifted to observing extrasolar planets. He was part of the team that first measured light from an extrasolar planet (this result was published in Nature in 2005). At University of Central Florida he leads the Spitzer Exoplanet Target of Opportunity Program, which measures eclipses and transits of new exoplanets with the Spitzer Space Telescope, and is a co-founder of the Planetary Sciences Track in the Physics Ph.D. program.

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