The planets that are best understood are the four terrestrial planets of our own solar system. Applying the detailed understanding gleaned from these bodies is crucial in our interpretation of exoplanetary systems. With the ongoing programs to search for planets around nearby stars, as well as upcoming ground- and space-based surveys, we can anticipate huge growth in the number and information on detected rocky exoplanets in the coming decades. As the characterisation of these new planetary systems proceeds it will in turn improve understanding of our own solar system, and in particular of how potentially habitable Earth-like planets may form, evolve, and are distributed throughout the galaxy.
Rocky Worlds Discussions bring together planetary scientists, astronomers, and earth scientists to foster interactions across the communities and build the collaborations that will pave the way for the next decade of rocky exoplanet discovery and characterisation. Creating a globally connected community, Rocky Worlds Discussions aim to achieve continuous exchange and face-to-face discussions on a monthly basis. The setup for each meeting consists of a talk by a speaker highlighting challenging and creative questions surrounding the nature of rocky worlds plus extended plenary discussion.
The essential goal of the meetings is to stimulate a lively debate on major interdisciplinary questions across the communities of exoplanet astronomy, planetary science, and astrobiology. All meetings are conducted virtually via Zoom.