boise state physics department


Scientists have discovered planets in other solar systems that look like Jupiter, but are much closer to their star. A planetary astronomer is coming to Boise to talk about these so-called “Hot Jupiters.”


Ceres was discovered orbiting the sun between Mars and Jupiter in 1801 by Italian astronomer Giuseppe Piazzi. Long considered a planet, the body has been relegated to a "minor planet" designation. Dr. Margaret Landis of the Planetary Science Institute will be lecturing on Ceres for the Boise State Physics Department's 'First Friday' lecture series and she joins Idaho Matters to talk about efforts to explore the icy body.