Solar System Giant Planets

Science Topic: Planetary Climate
5th Shaw-IAU Workshop
Thursday Nov. 30, 2023
UTC: 12:35 p.m. - 1 p.m.
Friday Dec. 1, 2023
UTC: 8:05 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.

In this presentation on 'Solar System Giant Planets,' we embark on a journey through our current understanding of the atmospheres of the big giants in our Solar System: Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune. We'll explore the exciting space missions that have ventured into their realms and learn how the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) and ground-based telescopes contribute vital information to our knowledge. In particular, we’ll talk about the fascinating findings from missions like Juno and Cassini, which have unraveled the mysteries behind the fast rotations of these giants and revealed the true shallowness of the Great Red Spot, among other findings. We’ll discover how we've probed the depths of their atmospheric bands and winds, unveiling their unique compositions. Join us as we unravel the secrets of their atmospheric and bulk compositions, shedding light on the remarkable journey of their formation and evolution. Along the way, we'll touch upon the intriguing uncertainties that continue to captivate scientists in this field.

About Yamila Miguel

I am an astrophysicist working to understand our place in the Universe. My research primarily focuses on the atmospheres, interiors, and formation mechanisms of both exoplanets and the planets within our Solar System. Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, I was always curious and knew I was going to be a scientist. I pursued my B.S. in Astronomy from La Plata National University, graduating in 2007. My doctoral work, completed in 2011, revolved around the formation of planetary systems, and I was honored to be supported by the CONICET during this period. My postdoc years took me to the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy (2011-2014), where I delved into exoplanetary atmospheric chemistry. From 2015 to 2017, I was at the Observatoire de la Côte d’Azur with a H. Poincare and later a
CNES fellowship, where I studied giant planets’ interiors and started my journey as part of the Juno mission science team. In 2018, I accepted a position as an assistant professor at Leiden Observatory. Further expanding my research horizons, I also affiliated with SRON in 2020. My work at both institutions has been centered around the intricate study of (exo)planetary atmospheres and interiors, aiming to provide a more comprehensive understanding of planetary evolution and origins. I am also proud to mention that since 2023, I have been the Principal Investigator for
the ERC consolidator grant N-GINE. Finally but not least, I was awarded an Honor medal by NASA this year, for my exceptional contributions to the Juno mission.