(Image by CCA alumnus Ian Jones, http://arasyndicate.blogspot.com/)
Dr. Philip Armitage of the University of Colorado Boulder will deliver the fall Sherlin Lecture at the Community College of Aurora on Friday, Nov. 4, at 7:30 p.m.
Dr. Armitage will present “The Search for Another Earth” in the Fine Arts Building Forum on the CentreTech Campus, 16000 E. CentreTech Parkway. The event is free and open to the public, and the college’s observatory will be open for free public viewing after the lecture (weather permitting).
Armitage is associate professor of astrophysics and planetary science at the University of Colorado, where he is fellow of JILA. Formerly known as the Joint Institute for Laboratory Astrophysics, JILA is considered one of the leading physical science research institutes in the nation.
Dr. Armitage’s research focuses on understanding extrasolar planetary systems and the physics of black holes. He is the author of a recent book on planet formation, and teacher of frequent classes on extrasolar planetary science. Specific topics of current interest for Armitage include electromagnetic counterparts to black hole mergers, the dynamical evolution of planetary systems, and the global development of the magnetorotational instability. He holds a bachelor’s degree in physics and theoretical physics from Cambridge University and a Ph.D. from the Institute of Astronomy at Cambridge.