Lunar and Planetary Institute
Lunar and Planetary Institute



Bottke to be Featured in Cosmic Explorations Speaker Series

January 29, 2008

Forming the Planets IllustrationThe Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI), in celebration of its 40th anniversary, is pleased to present the next Cosmic Explorations Speaker on Thursday, February 7, 2008, at 7:30 p.m.

In Forming the Planets: What’s New with the Oldest Events in the Solar System, Dr. Bill Bottke, Senior Research Scientist at the Southwest Research Institute, discusses the most recent advances that are rewriting the history of the solar system as we know it. It was previously thought that planets remained in the same location as where they originally formed. Bottke’s models and animations illustrate how the planets migrated to new locations a half billion years after their formation.

According to Bottke, “These new models are challenging the long-held views on the formation and position of the planets and are changing our understanding about the processes in the early solar system.”

“It’s always a pleasure having Bill Bottke here at the LPI,” said Dr. Stephen Mackwell, Director of the LPI. “He can take new and complex science and make it exciting and easy for everyone to understand.”

This presentation is free and open to the public. The presentations are geared toward inquisitive adults and will be followed by a light reception during which guests can meet the speaker.

For more information on this or any of the presentations in the Cosmic Explorations Speaker Series, please call 281-486-2135 or visit



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Last updated January 30, 2008