Jason F Rowe - Astronomer

I am currently employed at Université de Montréal as research scientist within the JWST NIRISS team.  I am also associated with the SETI Institute and NASA's Kepler Mission.  My science is primary focused on finding and characterizing extrasolar planets.  Here you will find various pages related to various activities that keep me busy.  If you want to see what I'm up to, check out my Twitter feed (@jasonfrowe).  I am currently affiliated with the following missions:

JWST NIRISS - Research Scientist
Kepler Mission - Participating Scientist, Science Office
MOST Mission  - Science Team Member

You can reach me at:  jasonfrowe-at-gmail-dot-com   or jason-at-astro-dot-umontreal-dot-ca
or follow me on Twitter @jasonfrowe
Some quick links:



Some recent interviews:
CBC As it Happens Kepler-22b, Dec 5/2011
am640 Arlene Bynon - Dec 7/2011
Humber Radio - Dec 7/2011


At the Nebraska Boarder.

Near the Nebraska Boarder.

Planetary Candidates Observed by Kepler, III: Analysis of the First 16 Months of Data

posted Feb 28, 2012, 3:55 PM by Jason Rowe

Today the latest KOI catalogue hits the astro-ph servers.  About 6+ months of hard work to analyse, re-analyse, update, check, double check, re-check, doing it again, repeat, lather, wash the KOI catalogue came forth.  You can now read about it on arXiv1202.5852. Covers KOIs found using Q1-Q6 Kepler data.  

Planet Circulation Model

posted Feb 5, 2012, 9:38 PM by Jason Rowe   [ updated Feb 5, 2012, 10:05 PM ]

Planet Circulation Model

Vorticity model of an exosolar planet. The planet is in an eccentric orbit and is heated by the star.

Temperature Display

This video shows how the temperature evolves on a exoplanet. 

This movie represents some work I've been doing towards understanding and characterizing planets orbits around other stars (exoplanets). This particular planet is very exciting. It is approximately the size of Jupiter but orbits closers to the it's star than Mercury and the orbit is non-circular (e=0.7). As a result is it heavily irradiated and continuously heating up and displaying dramatic dynamics.

Kepler Family Portrait - Dec 5/2011

posted Jan 31, 2012, 10:30 PM by Jason Rowe

Kepler Family Portrait

This picture shows every Kepler planetary candidate host star with its transiting companion in silhouette. The sizes of the stars and transiting companions are properly scaled. The colours of the stars are meant to represent how the eye would see the star outside of the Earths atmosphere. Stars have been properly limb darkened and the companions have been offset relative to one another to match the modeled impact parameter. Some stars will even show more than one planet!

The largest star is 8.4 times larger that the Sun and the smallest stars are estimated to be only
0.3 times the radius of the Sun. The Sun is shown below the top row on the right by itself with the Earth and Jupiter in transit

Don't forget to check out the high-resolution version, which is necessary to see some of the smallest planetary candidates.
High Resolution: farm8.staticflickr.com/7006/6799798449_9316ec828d_o.jpg

I've also added a thumbnail version of the Sun-Earth-Jupiter here:www.flickr.com/photos/astroguy/5587336037/

Follow Kepler on Facebook: www.facebook.com/NASAsKeplerMission

Follow Kepler on Twitter at @NASAKepler- twitter.com/nasakepler

For more information on star-colours, please check out: www.vendian.org/mncharity/dir3/starcolor/

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