Exoplanet and the Zone of Habitability: A Lecture by Prof Bambang Hidayat

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Prof. Bambang is one of the highlight speakers during the Earth and Space Science Training Course on 26 July 2016. He was appointed Director of the Bosscha Observatory from 1968 to 1999. He was also Chairman of the Indonesian-Japan Astronomy Programme from 1980 until 1994 and the Vice-President of the International Astronomical Union from 1994-2000. One of remarkable appreciations to him was given by International Astronomical Union (IAU) in 2010 by naming Asteroid 12176 over his name.

The topic delivered was Exoplanet and the Zone of Habitability. Exoplanets are planets beyond our own solar system. There have been thousands of exoplanets discovered in the past two decades, some of these planets are gigantic, others are icy, and some rocky like the Earth. NASA and other agencies are looking for a special kind of planet: one that’s the same size as Earth, orbiting a sun-like star in the habitable zone, or also called the Goldilocks zone, is the region around a star where orbiting planets similar to the Earth can support liquid water. It is neither too hot, nor too cold.

The full video lecture of Prof Bambang Hidayat’s “Exoplanet and the Habitable Zone” can be viewed here.