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How do planets form? Why do stars spin? How do we observe these things in the first place? Astronomy can provide the answers to the most fundamental questions on the universe. Join us to discover the origins of the planets and the next steps in space observations.
Why Astronomers like to get high when they search for Aliens
Daniel will be talking about the reasons astronomers always build their telescopes on top of mountains, as space telescopes outside of Earth’s atmosphere or even on airplanes as flying observatories. He will explain how he “is getting high” himself to chase Alien Worlds – planets outside our solar system – and how he measures their atmospheric composition. Finally Dr. Angerhausen will show how our generation is the first in history that has a realistic chance to answer the millennia old question: “Are we alone in the Universe?”.
Torque-ing about spinning Sun-like stars
Angela Breimann (PhD Researcher)
Throughout their lifetimes, solar type stars experience changing rotation rates due to torques from magnetized winds and evolving stellar structure. Angie will talk about how we can use a measured rotation period to infer a star’s age in a technique known as ‘gyrochronology’.
Worlds under construction: Planets in the making
Anna Laws (PhD Researcher)
How did Earth and the rest of our solar system form? To find out we look to younger stars, where we see the dramatic effects of forming planets as they shake up dust across their star systems. Anna will talk about how she uses the latest technology to observe the chaotic births of distant worlds.