The Mysteries of Hot Jupiters


January 23, 2020
6:30pm - 7:30pm


Helena College, 1115 N Roberts St, Helena

A few months ago, the Nobel Prize in Physics was awarded to two astronomers who in 1995 first discovered an exoplanet, a planet orbiting around another star. The planet they discovered is a big gas
giant, like Jupiter, yet it orbits its star closer than Mercury orbits our Sun, making the planet very hot. This planet is what we call a hot Jupiter. Astronomers have now discovered over 4,000 exoplanets orbiting other stars in our Milky Way galaxy, and hundreds of these are hot Jupiters.

Join us for an introduction from Local Astronomy Professor Kelly Cline to this exciting unsolved mystery!