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UT Austin Professor to Discuss Research on ‘Alien Worlds’ at TAMIU Wednesday Posted: 10/10/19

UT Austin Professor to Discuss Research on ‘Alien Worlds’ at TAMIU Wednesday


Dr. William Cochran

University of Texas research professor and astronomer Dr. William Cochran will discuss his research on exoplanets during his lecture, “Alien Worlds: The Search for Planets Around Other Stars” Wednesday, Oct. 23 at 6:30 p.m. at the Texas A&M International University (TAMIU) Center for the Fine and Performing Arts Recital Hall.

Admission is free and open to the public. 

During the lecture, Cochran will speak on the search for planets outside our solar system, including his findings made through the use of a program he founded on high-precision stellar radial velocity measurement. This helped detect the reflex orbit of a star due to its planet.

Since then, Cochran and the McDonald Observatory exoplanet research group have discovered dozens of planets using both the McDonald Observatory 2.7m Harlan J. Smith Telescope and the 10m Hobby-Eberly Telescope.

Cochran has also served as co-Investigator of the NASA Kepler spacecraft mission and is very active in the K2 and TESS missions. 

Currently, Cochran serves as a research professor at The University of Texas Austin. He completed his undergraduate studies at Duke University and obtained a Ph.D. in Astrophysics at Princeton University. Upon the completion of his Ph.D., he joined the McDonald Observatory planetary science research group where he spent several years studying the atmospheres of the planets in our Solar System. 

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