August 24, 2015 – Dr. Fran Bagenal is a professor of astrophysical and planetary sciences at the University of Colorado, Boulder and is a co-investigator on the New Horizons mission. Her main area of expertise is the study of charged particles trapped in planetary magnetic fields. At the Denver Astronomical Society meeting on Friday, August 28, Bagenal will be presenting the latest available information from the recent successful New Horizons flyby of Pluto and its moons.
The main theme of Dr. Bagenal’s research has been the synthesis of data analysis and theory in the study of space plasmas. She has specialized in the fields of planetary magnetospheres. Dr. Bagenal is a co-investigator on the Voyager Plasma Science (PLS) experiment and has worked with colleagues at MIT in analyzing plasma data obtained in the magnetospheres of Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune.
Bagenal was an Interdisciplinary Scientist on the Galileo Project, specializing in a study of the Io plasma torus in the magnetosphere of Jupiter using both in situ plasma measurements and spectroscopic remote sensing observations. She is a science team member of the Deep Space 1 mission and team leader of the plasma investigations on the New Horizons mission to Pluto and the Juno mission to Jupiter. With Tim Dowling and Bill McKinnon she co-edited Jupiter: The Planet, Satellites and Magnetosphere (Cambridge University Press, 2004).
The DAS meeting will begin at 7:30 p.m. at DU’s Olin Hall, Room 105. Introductions of new DAS members and guests and a short business meeting will precede the presentation. All attendees are invited to a reception at DU’s Historic Chamberlin Observatory following the meeting.