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The Inferno World with Titanium Skies
Nov
23
8:00 PM20:00

The Inferno World with Titanium Skies

In late 2017, the European Southern Observatory announced the discovery of a truly alien exoplanet atmosphere. Heated to over 2000C, the inferno world WASP-19b is the first exoplanet with titanium oxide detected in its atmosphere. But what is this world really like? What secrets could it still hold?

In this talk, Cambridge University astronomer Ryan MacDonald - part of the team which identified the titanium skies of WASP-19b - will guide you on an 815 light year journey to an exotic world at the very edge of the known.

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Where are the Aliens?
Oct
24
7:15 PM19:15

Where are the Aliens?

  • Institute of Astronomy, Madingley Road (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Astronomers have discovered thousands of planets orbiting other stars. And yet, the greatest question of all remains unanswered: are we alone in the Universe?

In this talk, Cambridge University Astronomer Ryan MacDonald examines what life is, where life may thrive in the solar system or beyond, and, finally, could there be intelligent life still out there waiting to be discovered?

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