The Search for Alien Worlds
As recently as the late 1980s, we knew of just one planetary system – the Solar system. In the decades since, we have witnessed a great scientific revolution, with the dawn of the Exoplanet Era. We now know that our system is just one among many – and that planets are ubiquitous. When we look at the night sky, we are now certain that the stars we observe are all accompanied by planets, large and small, near and far.
But how do we search for these alien worlds? What will the next decade of the search reveal? And how is a small observatory in southeast Queensland helping to lead the search for another Earth? During his talk, USQ’s Prof Jonti Horner will answer these questions (and more!).