You are invited to come and listen to UCF and national researchers talk about their work while enjoying drinks and appetizers.
Time: Networking, drinks and appetizers at 6:30 p.m. and talk begins at 7:00 p.m.
This event is hosted by the College of Sciences; RSVP at http://sciences.ucf.edu/cafe/
This month's event will feature Joshua Colwell, Ph.D. A summary of his research is shown below:
The Cassini spacecraft, carrying the ESA-built Huygens probe, entered Saturn orbit on June 30, 2004, and the Huygens probe successfully landed on the surface of Saturn’s large moon Titan on January 14, 2005. After more than 12 years orbiting Saturn, Cassini has completed more than 235 orbits of the ringed planet and more than 120 encounters with Titan. Cassini has also explored many of Saturn’s dozens of icy moons, and its observations have revealed rapidly changing structures in the rings and other features such as the high reflectivity suggest the rings may be astronomically young. I’ll describe the fascinating phenomena in Saturn’s rings revealed by Cassini that contain clues to the origin of planets which are born in disks of particles not unlike the rings. I’ll also present results from our experimental program to study collisions in the protoplanetary disk and in Saturn’s rings.