Exploring other worlds: planets beyond the solar system (Suzanna Aigrain)

9 Nov 2011 - 7:00pm to 7:30pm
Denys Wilkinson Building, Department of Physics, University of Oxford, Keble Road, Oxford OX1 3RH
Reception (registration)
Family friendly

Astrophysics talk

Exploring other worlds: planets beyond the solar system
Suzanna Aigrain

'The solar system is home to 8 planets, each with one or more moons, and countless smaller bodies: minor planets, asteroids, comets, and more. All of them orbit the Sun, and were by-products of its formation. They are strikingly different from one another in size, temperature and appearance, but as far as we know, only one supports life: the Earth. The first planets around stars other than the Sun were discovered in the 1990s, ending centuries of speculation. Over the past 20 years we have discovered hundreds more, planetary systems even more exotic and diverse than anyone could have imagined. I will give a brief overview of the most important of these discoveries, highlight some of the similarities and differences between these new worlds and the planets of the solar system, and present some of the most exciting development which might enable us to find life-bearing planets in the coming decades.'

Other talks in the programme can be found here.


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