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AoT Leiden: Searching for unique planets!
September 26, 2022 @ 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM CESTFree
Our next event will take place on Monday 26 September at Grandcafé de Burcht (Burgsteeg 14, 2312 JS Leiden) at 20:00 CEST! Join us for a night of astronomy with two fantastic talks from Matthew Kenworthy and Joseph Callingham who will tell us all about discovering unique exoplanets with rings and life on planets around radio stars. As always, there will be fun games where you could win cool science prizes!
Register at https://aotleiden.eventbrite.nl/ (not required for entry but will help us gauge the number of people attending)
Matthew Kenworthy: “Seeing the Shadows of Rings around other Worlds”
Matthew Kenworthy is an Associate Professor at Leiden Observatory. In addition to searching for shadows from other stars, he uses some of the world’s largest telescopes with optics that can remove the glare of stars to reveal planets orbiting around them. He will talk about how searching for strange eclipses around young stars led him to discover giant ring systems around young planets outside our Solar system.
Joseph Callingham: “Life around a radio star”
Astronomers can now easily identify planets outside our Solar System. However, it remains a mystery if such planets can host life. Joe will reveal how radio waves emitted from exoplanets can help us understand if life could exist around the most common stars in the Galaxy. Joe Callingham is an Australian astrophysicist based at the Leiden University. He specialises in studying radio stars, exoplanets, and the evolution of galaxies. He also enjoys surfing, running, reading, anything to do with science fiction, and having a schooner of beer.
Logistical information: We start at 20:00 sharp, so please arrive earlier to enter the bar, save a seat, and grab a drink. We are not planning to stream the event live, but will be uploading a recording of the talks on our YouTube channel after the event.
Join us for an evening of astronomy and fun games where you could win cool science prizes!
For more information check out http://astronomyontap.nl/