Stellar flares from Proxima Centauri and TRAPPIST-1 with MOST and Kepler

James Davenport (Western Washington University)
Event Date and Time: 
Mon, 2017-03-27 15:30 - 16:45
Hennings 318
Local Contact: 
Jaymie Matthews
Intended Audience: 
The MOST and Kepler space telescopes have pioneered the detection of extrasolar planets using high precision brightness monitoring of stars. With data spanning months to years for each star, these light curves also provide the best census of stellar phenomena including cool starspots and explosive flares. I will present results from studies of flares on active stars observed with Kepler and MOST, including the recently discovered exoplanet host stars TRAPPIST-1 and Proxima Centauri. While these systems host rocky planets in their habitable zones, we have found the frequency of large stellar flares may be a major threat to the formation of life on these worlds, and a challenge to the detection of smaller planets around other active stars.
Website development by Checkmark Media. Designed by Armada.

a place of mind, The University of British Columbia

Faculty of Science
Department of Physics and Astronomy
6224 Agricultural Road
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z1
Tel 604.822.3853
Fax 604.822.5324

Emergency Procedures | Accessibility | Contact UBC | © Copyright The University of British Columbia