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Astronomy on Tap Coventry: Launch to Exoplanets
November 22 @ 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM GMT
On November 22nd we are launching the first ever Astronomy on Tap in Coventry!
Where: The Town Crier, Coventry
When: Wednesday 22nd of November from 7pm
Come along for astronomy talks and trivia. This month we will exoplanet experts Annelies Mortier and Faith Hawthorn.
Detecting Exoplanets: other worlds beyond our Solar System
Dr. Annelies Mortier, Researcher at the University of Birmingham
Exoplanets is the name we use for planets in the Universe that are not in the Solar System. The first ones were only found in the 1990s and now we know of more than 5000 exoplanets, showing a rich and diverse population of exoplanets. In this talk, I will give a historical overview of the process in detecting these exotic other worlds and highlight some main discoveries.
Exoplanets and Science Fiction
Faith Hawthorn, Researcher at the University of Warwick
In this talk, following on from how we can find planets around other stars (‘exoplanets’), I’ll be taking a look at some of the most famous examples of exoplanets throughout science fiction, and how popular culture can be used to understand and explain some of the most interesting objects in the universe. Come with us on a journey through film, television and the world of comics to discover the weird and wonderful!