On the evening of the first Thursday of each month in downtown Toronto, we give you an hour with a young researcher, followed by planetarium shows and free observing through our telescopes.
Next Free Public Talk: May 2nd
Extreme Planets: The Big, the Hot and the Ugly
2 May 2013, 9:10pm
Room 106, McLennan Physical Laboratories Bldg.
60 St. George Street (north of College St.)
Plus, free planetarium shows and telescope observing sessions.
“Our galaxy is a vast expanse, home to hundreds of billions of stars and a similar number of planets. For many years, scientists believed that any planetary systems found around other stars must be similar to our own Solar System.
Boy, were they wrong! Since the first extrasolar planet discovery, some twenty years ago, scientists have continuously been shocked and intrigued by what they’ve found. With ever-improving technology, new exotic worlds are still being revealed.
For this public lecture, I will talk about some of the strangest and most unexpected planet discoveries in human history, and the ingenious methods used by astronomers to find planets hundreds of trillions of kilometres away.”
Lisa Esteves is a first-year PhD graduate student currently working on understanding and characterizing exoplanets using the Kepler Space Telescope. Raised in Toronto, she did her undergraduate studies in Physics at the University of Guelph and spent a year travelling before returning to Toronto for grad school.
General Info about the Monthly Tours
This activity is run entirely by volunteers among the graduate students in the Department of Astronomy & Astrophysics at the University of Toronto. Check their webpage, or get the three-part run-down below.