Join astrobiologist Jonti Horner to hear about the exciting search for exoplanets – planets orbiting other stars – and life elsewhere.
With thousands of such planets found over the last few decades, delve into how they are discovered, what makes them important, and the history of life elsewhere. Find out what factors come together to make a given planet more (or less) suitable for life.
Session includes stargazing through telescopes (weather permitting) and a complimentary glass of wine or beverage with cheese.
Associate Professor Jonti Horner is the Vice-Chancellor's Senior Research Fellow at the University of Southern Queensland, where he is leading the construction of the MINERVA-Australis facility. This will be a dedicated exoplanet survey tool, looking for Earth-like planets around the nearest, brightest stars.
Jonti has been a keen amateur astronomer since the age of five. He has worked at the University of Oxford, The University of Bern, Switzerland, Durham University and the Open University, UK, and the University of New South Wales. Jonti regularly writes for TheConversation.com and has monthly radio segments on ABC Queensland and ABC Gippsland.
The evening will start promptly at 7.30pm and due to the nature of the presentation unfortunately latecomers cannot be admitted. Book early to avoid disappointment.
This talk is supported by the 16th Australian Space Research conference 2016.