It’s only the second week of the New Year, but 2019 has already been a busy one for the field of astronomy. From the New Horizons spacecraft charting the most distant flyby in space exploration history to China landing on the far side of the moon, astronomers are already making headway towards a busy and productive year of studying the solar system.
Cullen Blake, an assistant professor in the Department of Physics & Astronomy, is an observational astronomer at Penn. He specializes in the search for exoplanets, which orbit stars outside of Earth’s solar system. His work focuses on developing the hardware and instrumentation required to make these discoveries.
Penn Today sat down with Blake to discuss the busy start of 2019 in the context of the research of solar system exploration. Blake also highlights what astronomers hope to learn and explore in the coming years.