Webcast Speaker: Dietrich Baade
About the scientist:
Dietrich Baade joined ESO as an astronomer in 1981. Presently, he is Head of the Instrument Science Department. His scientific interests are mass-loss processes from massive stars, stellar pulsations, and supernovae.
About the webcast presentation:
"From Planets to Planetary Systems"
This brief virtual journey will show that the state and fate of every solar-system body depends strongly on gravitational interactions with the other members of the family. But to fully understand the formation and initial history of our cosmic home, observational comparisons to other planetary systems are needed. The first such data already reveal a stunning diversity.