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ExoComets: Understanding the Composition of Planetary Building Blocks
Aim and description
This workshop sets out to determine what techniques and approaches are the most expedient at determining exocomet composition and what future work would most benefit our understanding of how exocomets affects exoplanet atmospheres and the emergence of life throughout the Universe.
Young stellar systems, some
of them many light years away, resemble the early Solar System by showing the
hallmarks of being surrounded by a vast number of comets that we are now able
to detect. These comets orbiting other stars, referred to as exocomets, give us the important foundation for which to
make a comparison with the comets in our Solar System and allow us put their
composition in perspective. Exocomets also provide us
with information valuable for understanding the composition of exoplanet
atmospheres and may help us understand the early chemistry of Earth.