Dangerous Worlds

Date: 
13 Sep 2017 - 7:00pm
Venue: 
Martin Wood Complex, Department of Physics, University of Oxford, Parks Road, Oxford, OX1 3PU
Room: 
Martin Wood Lecture Theatre
Audience: 
General public (Age 12+)

Refreshments: Served from 6:30pm

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The talk
We thought the planets of our Solar System were weird worlds, until we began to see the lands harboured by our neighbouring stars. Huge Jupiters snuggle so close to their star that years last days. Worlds like Star Wars Tatooine begin their nights with dual sunsets, while rogue planets float in perpetual darkness with no sun at all. Other planets are split lands with hemispheres of eternal day and night, while still more drown in global oceans or seas of lava and tar. Let’s visit worlds more extreme than anything in fiction and ask if any could be called home.

The speaker
Elizabeth completed her DPhil at Oxford (Merton College) in 2005, with a thesis on how to build stars inside a computer. She continued to create virtual universes for her bread and butter in the USA and Canada, before moving to Japan in 2011. She is currently an associate professor at the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and her popular book on planet formation, ‘The Planet Factory’, will be published by Bloomsbury on 7th September 2017 and will be available to buy on the day.

IOP Oxford Branch
IOP Oxford and Oxford Physics are pleased to be hosting Dr Elizabeth Tasker of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency. The talk starts at 19:00 with refreshments served from 18:30. Attendance is free to everyone but please book to ensure a seat.

Image Credit: NASA / JPL

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