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The Origin: From Planets to Craters

Please note this event will be held in a cellar bar accessed by a narrow staircase and there is no step-free access
Past event - 2024
13 May Door 6pm
Event 6:30pm to 8:30pm
*This event starts an hour earlier than other Pint of Science events*
32Below, 32B West Nicholson Street,
Edinburgh EH8 9DD
What's so special about our planet Earth? Are there any similar planets out there in the wide universe? Looking closer to home, did you know a new impact crater has recently been found? And it is the same age as the crater created by the asteroid that killed the dinosaurs! Join us for these exciting talks to learn all about planets and craters!

*This event starts an hour earlier than other Pint of Science events*

Finding Earth-like Exoplanets

Professor Ken Rice (Professor of Computational Astrophysics at the Institute for Astronomy, UoE)
To date, we have confirmed the existence of more than 5000 extrasolar planets, which are planets orbiting stars other than the Sun. These range from gas giants that are more massive than Jupiter, down to low-mass planets that are almost certainly rocky, with internal compositions similar to that of Earth. However, these low-mass exoplanets typically orbit much closer to their parent stars than Earth does to the Sun, or orbit stars that are less massive than the Sun. We have yet to find a true Earth analogue: a ~1 Earth mass planet orbiting with a period of about 1 year around a star like the Sun. This talk summarises our current understanding of how Earth-like planets might form, what our knowledge of exoplanetary systems tells us about the likely origin of these planets, and when we might expect to detect a true Earth analogue.

Into the Nadir: exploring a new end-Cretaceous impact crater

Dr Uisdean Nicholson (Associate Professor, School of Energy, Geoscience, Infrastructure and Society, Institute for GeoEnergy Engineering, Heriot Watt University)
There are around 200 impact craters preserved on Earth’s surface, ranging in size from a few hundred metres to hundreds of kilometres in diameter. These represent only a small fraction of the total number of impact events that have occurred over geological history, most of which are very poorly preserved. The discovery of the Nadir Crater offshore West allows us to investigate a pristine, buried crater, that provides important new insights on what a mid-sized (~500 m) asteroid impact would look like, in terms of Earth surface damage and hazards (seismic shaking, tsunami). This talk will explore the evidence for the impact event and the consequences of the event, as well as the intriguing possibility that this could represent part of a cluster of impact events near the end of the Cretaceous period.
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Other 32Below events

2024-05-14 Blue Planet: Scotland's Coasts and Waters, and Their Inhabitants 32Below 32B West Nicholson Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9DD, United Kingdom
2024-05-15 Tiny Titans 32Below 32B West Nicholson Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9DD, United Kingdom
15 May
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