Konstantin Batygin is an Assistant Professor of Planetary Science at Caltech. His primary research interests lie in the field of planetary astrophysics. He is fascinated by a wide variety of problems related to the formation and evolution of the Solar System, dynamical evolution of exoplanets, as well as physical processes inherent to planetary interiors and atmospheres.
Our live conversation about “Planet 9” and the amazing diversity of our solar system, featuring Konstantin Batygin and Mike Brown of Caltech, Senior Editor Emily Lakdawalla, Bill Nye the Science Guy and Cassini Project Scientist Linda Spilker.
Some parallels exist between Odysseus' journey and the discoveries of exoplanets. What initially started out as a well-planned trip from Troy back to Ithaca, turned into a series of rather unfortunate events, with episodes of fighting Cyclops and having your crew turned into swine.