Merseyside Astronomy Day

Speaker: Eamonn Kerins

Eamonn Kerins Name: Dr Eamonn Kerins
Place: Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics, University of Manchester

Dr Eamonn Kerins is based at the Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics, University of Manchester. He Co-leads the SPEARNET survey that is probing exoplanetary atmospheres and is the co-lead of the Exoplanet Science Working Group for the ESA Euclid mission.

Talk: Towards Earth-2

Artist's impression of a the Trappist-1 system: Credit NASA/JPL-Caltech
 Artist's impression of a the Trappist-1 system:
 Credit NASA/JPL-Caltech

The science of exoplanets, planets orbiting stars other than the Sun, has grown explosively since the first discoveries 25 years ago. I will discuss some of the techniques used to find exoplanets and what we are learning from present data. We are about to undergo another explosive growth thanks to new ground- and space-based surveys that are in progress or coming online over the next 10 years. I will discuss how this is now allowing us to move from an era of exoplanet detection to an era of characterisation of their surfaces and atmospheres. I'll also briefly discuss the prospects for detecting evidence for life on other planets in the relatively near future.

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