Planet-Star Connections in the Era of TESS and Gaia
Coordinators: Rebekah Dawson, Jim Fuller, Daniel Huber, and Katja Poppenhaeger
Stellar properties and behavior play a key role in addressing many pressing questions in exoplanet science, from breaking the stellar activity barrier for radial velocity planets to understanding how stellar environments affect planet formation and habitability. TESS and Gaia are improving stellar characterization by orders of magnitude in precision and sample size. Addressing both observations and theory, the conference will focus on recent advances in translating this new knowledge of stars into detecting and characterizing exoplanets and understanding their formation, evolution, and habitability. Members of the stellar community will share the latest results in characterizing and understanding stars, and members of the planetary community will share applications of planet-star connections and emphasize what stellar knowledge is most important in addressing open questions in exoplanet science.