Weird Worlds: The New Science of Exoplanets Yorkshire Prestige Physics Talk
Professor Chris Lintott
Professor of Astrophysics, University of Oxford, and co-founder of both Galaxy Zoo and the Zooniverse
There will be a British Sign Language interpreter at this event.
Astronomers have become very good at finding planets around other stars. From planets with twin Suns to evaporating Jupiters, and from lava worlds to giant diamonds, the variety of planets we now know puts science fiction to shame. This talk by Professor Chris Lintott reviews the latest discoveries and explains what these thousands of new, strange worlds tell us about the Universe.
Chris Lintott is a Professor of Astrophysics at the University of Oxford, where he is also a research fellow at New College. Professor Lintott works on topics from galaxy evolution and transient detection to machine learning. As Principal Investigator of the Zooniverse, he leads a team who run the world’s most successful citizen science projects, allowing more than a million people to discover planets, transcribe ancient papyri or explore the Serengeti. A passionate advocate of the public understanding of science, he is best known as co-presenter of the BBC’s long running Sky at Night programme. His book, The Crowd and the Cosmos, is now available from Oxford University Press.