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SUTA Toronto Chapter and ISW Talk on "Stars and planets formation ..." by Dr. Mohaddesseh Azimlu

  • May 29, 2014
  • 19:00 - 21:00
  • University of Toronto
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SUTA Toronto Chapter and

Iranian Scholars Worldwide (ISW)

jointly present:

Stars and planets formation and possibility of life in solar system and exosolar planets

by Dr. Mohaddesseh Azimlu

Location: University of Toronto

Thursday May 29th, 2014


Did you know that many elements in your body have been created in stars? Stars continually born from gaseous dusty clouds and die and recycle back into interstellar medium in our own galaxy, the Milky Way, and other galaxies.  Giant hydrogen clouds collapse into disks rotating around proto-stars. Planetary systems similar to our own solar system form within these proto-planetary disks. In the case of our solar system, there was just enough material left over at the right temperature to form rocky planets like the Earth, Mars and Venus within 250 million kilometers of the Sun. Farther out, where temperatures were cooler and more material was available, gas giants formed.

Among the countless stars visible in the night sky, how many are surrounded by solar systems like our own? Scientists believe the number of other worlds may depend on the mechanism by which stars and planets are born. An estimation, supported by the very recent observations of Kepler space observatory suggests that planets like our own and within habitable zone may be common throughout our Galaxy.

Speaker Biography:
Dr. Mohaddesseh Azimlu graduated from Farzanegan (tizhooshan) high school and continued her studies in physics at Sharif University of Technology. She pursued her interest in astronomy by founding  “Sharif Astronomy Club” in physics department. She received her Masters in Science from Tehran University while she completed her thesis at Inter University Center for Astronomy and Astrophysics (IUCAA) in Pune, India. She defended her PhD dissertation in Star Formation at University of Waterloo in 2009. Then continued her research on star formation in other galaxies at Western University in London, Ontario and later joined Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics in 2011. Dr. Azimlu employs world-class telescopes around the world for her research and has been awarded more than 200 hours of observing time at several telescopes around the world from Hawaii to Canary Islands.

In addition Dr. Azimlu has extensively contributed into education and public outreach. In Iran she worked as a writer and editor for Nojum (astronomy) magazine and appeared in several TV and radio programs. In Canada she served as the coordinator of the Bakos observatory at University of Waterloo and as a member in Education and Outreach committee of Canadian Astronomical Society.  She is currently an ambassador of the Microsoft WorldWide Telescope program, an outreach program leaded by Harvard University.

Tentative Schedule
7:00 pm     Networking
7:15 pm     
8:30 pm     Q&A, Concluding remarks

Free but required


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