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Meet the stars at the André-Malraux Center this Thursday

Meet the stars at the André-Malraux Center this Thursday

Every Thursday of the month at the MJC, Meet the Stars is held, a 45-minute conference followed by a sweet snack.

For this new encounter, this Thursday 7 December At 8:30 p.m., the conference will be hosted by Julien Morin Very Large Telescope: A 39-meter telescope to push the boundaries of knowledge of our world.

Since 2005, the European Southern Observatory has been working on developing a 39-meter diameter telescope, in cooperation with laboratories and manufacturers on the continent. this “Very Large Telescope” The ELT will not only be the world’s largest visible and infrared telescope, but it will also contain a suite of cutting-edge instruments designed to address many scientific questions.

The past decade has been full of important astronomical discoveries, starting with the discovery of planets orbiting Proxima Centauri, the star closest to the sun, to the first images of the environment near black holes. Starting in 2028, ELT will make it possible to address several key challenges of modern astrophysics. In the vicinity of the solar system, it will be possible to study the atmosphere of Earth-like exoplanets in detail. At the limits of the observable universe, it will also be able to discover and study the first generation of galaxies.

The magnetic field and the exoplanet

Julien Morin is a researcher at the Montpellier Laboratory of the Universe and Particles (LUMP).

After defending his doctoral thesis at the University of Toulouse in 2009, he worked in Dublin Institute for Advanced Study in Ireland, then as an Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Fellow at the University of Göttingen in Germany.

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In 2013, he joined LUMP within the University of Montpellier 2, the future University of Montpellier. In 2016, he participated in the discovery of “Proxima b,” the closest exoplanet to the solar system. He is currently continuing his research on stellar magnetic fields and their effects on exoplanets in an international collaboration using the Spirou instrument at the Canadian-French-Hawaii Telescope.

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