Formation, Detection, and Habitability of Extrasolar Moons

Wednesday, 28. October 2015, 16:00 - 17:30
Location library

Rene Heller (Uni Goettingen) - Formation, Detection, and Habitability of Extrasolar Moons


While about 4,000 planets and planet candidates have been found outside the solar system, no moon around an
exoplanet (or "exomoon") has been found so far. New simulations indicate that moons similar in mass to
planet Mars exist around the biggest planets outside the solar system, and recent advances in exomoon
searching methods suggest that these large moons are observable with current and near-future technology.
The detection of these moons would not only provide extremely valuable insights into planet formation and
evolution, but could also reveal a recently predicted class of Mars-mass moons in the stellar habitable
zones. These moons would be several times as massive as Ganymede, the most massive moon in the solar
system, and they could be abundant extrasolar habitats with crazy day-night cycles.

: Rene Heller