1:30 p.m. — Observing 1I/Oumuamua from APO & Spitzer and the Upcoming Flyby of Ultima Thule (MU69) by New Horizons
[Tentative: Carey will speak about very recent results from Apache Peak Observatory and Spitzer Telescope observations of 1I/Oumumua, plans for upcoming New Horizons flyby of MU69/Ultima Thule on 01 Jan 2019, and the overall scientific advances coming from this work.]
Carey is a senior research scientist at JHU/APL studying the formation and evolution of solar systems, including our own, from their beginning through the formation of present day life. With backgrounds in chemistry, physics, and biology, he does this mainly through studying the clues left behind during their growth – the comets, asteroids, KBOs, gas, and dust left orbiting around stars as they age. An everyday example of this kind archeo-astronomy work is our Moon, which is a relic of a giant impact on the growing Earth, and its massively cratered surface, evidence for the Late Heavy Bombardment, and may have brought the oceans and life forming organics to the Earth. He is best known for his graduate work on the Nobel Prize winning Cosmic Backgound Explorer Mission, his discovery of x-ray emission from Comet Hyakutake, his work as a Deep Impact mission and Comet ISON Observing Campaign scientist, detecting evidence for a giant planetary impact in the HD 172555 system and a Late Heavy Bombardment in the Eta Corvi system, and as a member of the New Horizons Pluto flyby science team.
Carey received a PhD in Physics from UMD College Park, after earlier study at UC/Berkeley and Princeton. He has given multiple talks at the Cherry Hill Star Parties in upstate Pennsylvania. You can find his appearances as a science communicator on IMDb!