In this talk I will take you on a tour of the outer solar system, highlighting the key discoveries that have been made and the biggest questions for future exploration. Results from missions such as Galileo at Jupiter and Cassini at Saturn will highlight the diversity of planetary magnetospheric dynamics as well as the zoo of moons, some of which indicate that they may have the conditions to harbour life.
The final portion of the talk will focus on current and future plans for solar system exploration. One short-term highlight is the NASA mission Juno which has been in orbit around Jupiter since summer 2016. Other longer-term ambitions centre around the ice giants, Uranus and Neptune, which challenge our understanding of how the Sun influences planetary systems.
Refreshments available from 19:00.