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Ordinary Meeting: "The Neptune Trojans"

Date: Friday 11 October 2013 - 8:00pm
Topic:  The Neptune Trojans
Speaker:  Dr Jonti Horner, UNSW
Venue: Epping Creative Centre - 26 Stanley Road, Epping
Abstract: A Window to the Birth of the Solar System" - the Neptune Trojans are the most recently discovered addition to the zoo of Solar system objects. Moving around the Sun in a group that stays approximately sixty degrees ahead of the planet Neptune in its orbit, their behaviour and evolution may help shed light on the processes through which the planets formed and migrated to their current location. In this talk, I discuss ground-breaking work carried out in association with Dr. Patryk Sofia Lywkawka, based in Japan, studying the past, present, and future of these enigmatic objects.

Biography: I've been interested in astronomy since I was about 5 years old - and a member of local astronomical societies since I was about 8. In fact, I'm now honourary president of my old society back in the UK - the West Yorkshire Astronomical Society, WYAS, and I get back there whenever I'm back in the UK.

I did my undergraduate degree (a four year Masters) at Durham, in the north of England, Physics and Astronomy, then I went to Oxford to do my D.Phil., where I researched "The Behaviour of Small Bodies in the Outer Solar System". After that, I spent three years as a postdoc at the University of Bern, in Switzerland, three years as a postdoc at the Open University in the UK, and then a year as a Teaching Fellow back at Durham. I moved out to Sydney from Durham in September 2010, and have been at UNSW ever since.

My research is a mix of Solar system astronomy and Exoplanet work, with a handful of Astrobiology stuff thrown in for good measure.

Event Date: 
Friday, 11 October, 2013 - 20:00
Epping Creative Centre, 26 Stanley Road, Epping NSW

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