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Big Steps Toward Small Worlds: Exoplanet Atmosphere Characterization in the 2020s and Beyond

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We now know that exoplanets abound in the Galaxy, with most stars hosting at least one planet. These recently discovered worlds are much more diverse than the planets in the Solar System, and raise many questions about their formation, evolution, and habitability. To address these questions, we turn to atmosphere characterization, which provides a wealth of additional information about the planets. I will discuss the state of the art in atmosphere studies, focusing on recent high-precision, space-based observations of planets ranging in size from Jupiter to Earth. These studies have already revealed planetary atmospheric chemistry, climate, and cloud coverage in unprecedented detail, and they are poised for a revolutionary advance thanks to a spate of new ground-based and space-based observatories.

This talk is part of the Exoplanet Meetings series.

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