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The hunt for Earth-2

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18:00 – 20:00 7 May 2014
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SB G.01, Sandra Burslem Building, Lower Ormond St, Manchester, M15 6HB

Speakers: Dr Eamonn Kerins, School of Physics and Astronomy, University of Manchester

In the last 20 years astronomers have gone from a state of total ignorance about planets around other stars (exoplanets) to finding thousands of exoplanetary systems using a range of techniques. In some cases we are now probing the atmospheres of exoplanets. I will talk about the techniques we use to look for and characterise exoplanets.

I will discuss our current understanding of exoplanetary systems and how the architecture of our own Solar System fits into this understanding. I will briefly talk about the road ahead for exoplanet science  over the coming 10-20 years. Finally, I will argue that it is likely that within the next 30-50 years we will know whether life on other planets is a common or rare phenomenon.

Lecture starts at 6.30pm with coffee served from 6.00pm.

Event type: Lecture/Talk
Organised by: Manchester and District Branch
Contact details: Dr Christie Theodorakou
Email: christie.theodorakou@christie.nhs.uk

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