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How to be an Exoplanet Detective

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How to be an Exoplanet Detective

Time: March 17, 2020 from 11am to 12pm
Location: Crouch End Picture House
Street: The Crouch End Picturehouse, 65 Tottenham Lane, N8 9BY
City/Town: London
Website or Map: https://www.babbletalks.com/c…
Phone: 07939853640
Event Tag: baby, talks, parent
Posted By: Ian Bennett
Latest Activity: Mar 4, 2020

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Babble talks are TED-style talks for parents with a child under the age of 1.

Exoplanets are planets that orbit stars other than our Sun. We want to find out if they are similar to, or completely different from the planets in our Solar System. But it’s tricky; often they are too small and faint to see them next to their much bigger, brighter parent stars, because they are many light years away Instead, we use space telescopes to look at light from the star itself that has passed through the planet’s atmosphere. The atmosphere leaves fingerprints in the starlight that tell us what conditions are like on the planet.

Dr Jo Barstow is a planetary scientist specialising in the study of exoplanet atmospheres. She particularly likes the cloudy ones because she started her research career studying sulphuric acid clouds on Venus (and it means she gets to make terrible jokes about the British weather). Jo currently holds a Royal Astronomical Society Research Fellowship at University College London, and previously worked at the University of Oxford. When she’s not being an exoplanet detective, hobbies include singing, theatre and toddler-wrangling.

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