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Last Updated on Sunday, 02 May 2010 15:13
Published on Friday, 25 February 2005 00:00

 

Some of the latest research in the quest to discover and understand extrasolar planets will be the subject of a half-day discussion meeting in London as part of the Royal Astronomical Society's regular monthly programme.

Media representatives are cordially invited to attend as observers. Speakers are expected to be available for interview immediately after the meeting, or by arrangement with the meeting organizers. (On the day of the meeting, please use Jacqueline Mitton's mobile phone number 0370 386133.)

An outline of the programme, and contact details for speakers (where available) is given below.

 

PLANETS OUTSIDE THE SOLAR SYSTEM

Discussion meeting at the SCIENTIFIC SOCIETIES LECTURE THEATRE 23 SAVILE ROW, LONDON W1

 

FRIDAY 8th MAY 1998

Organisers:

Dr Alan Penny (Rutherford Appleton Laboratory) Tel: 01235 445675 email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Dr Steve Miller (University College, London) Tel: 0171 419 3443/3490 (office) 0181 761 7006 (home) email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

10.00 a.m. Coffee available in the Lecture Theatre foyer

 

10.30 a.m. Michel Mayor (Geneva Observatory, Switzerland. Tel.: +41 22 755 2611, email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) "Planet searches" Dr Mayor is the person who discovered the first planet around a nearby star, and he will be talking on his present programme of searching for more planets. 11:05 a.m. Bernard Burke (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA. Tel.: 617 253-2572) "Keck Interferometry Project" Professor Burke is chairman of NASA's Science Steering Group, and will describe NASA's programme to build and use a system of small telescopes in conjunction with the two Keck telescopes (the world's largest) on Hawaii, to search for planets. 11:15 a.m. Bill Dent (Royal Observatory, Edinburgh. Tel.: 0131 668 8100, email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) "Dust Disks around Nearby Stars" Dr Dent is a member of the team who discovered evidence for planets by looking at dust disks around three nearby stars. This was the subject of press interest on April 21st, following a press release. He will be talking about this work. 11.25 a.m. John Chambers (Armagh Observatory, Northern Ireland. Tel: 01861 522 928, email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) "Planetary system formation theory" Dr Chambers is an expert on the theory of planet formation, and he will be talking about his latest calculations on how planets form from the gas and dust disk left over from when a star is born. 11.48 a.m. Claire Chandler (Mullard Radio Astronomy Observatory, Cambridge. Tel: 01223 339992, email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) "From dust to planets" Dr Chandler will be talking about her work on observing the early stages of planet formation. 12:10 a.m. Mike Russell (Glasgow University. Tel: 0141 330 6863(h), 0141 339 2711(w), email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) "From the emergence of life to the origin of photosynthesis on wet rocky planets" Prof. Russell will be talking about his work on how life evolves in the very early stages of a planet's history. 12:33 p.m. Andrew Watson (University of East Anglia) "Life signatures in exoplanet atmospheres" Prof. Watson will be talking about the kinds of atmospheric signals we should be looking for to detect the development of life on other planets.

[Ends 1.00 p.m.]

 

Poster paper presentations

Simon Garrington (Jodrell Bank) [Tel.: 01477 571321] "Stellar Astrometry with MERLIN"

 

Keith Horne (University of St Andrews) [Tel.: 01334 463322, email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ] "The European Planet Programme on La Palma"

 

Alan Penny (Rutherford Appleton Laboratory) [Tel: 01235 445675, email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ] "The Darwin mission"

 

Sara Russell (Natural History Museum) [Tel: 0171 938 8776, email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ] "Timescales and processes involved in planet formation: Evidence from meteorites"

 

Nial Tanvir (Institute of Astronomy, Cambridge) [Tel: 01223 337582, email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ] "The Next Generation Space Telescope"

 


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