Science guest lecture: Professor Hilary Downes: Lost planets of the solar system - the evidence from meteorites

Course Dates: 04/10/19
Time: 18:00 - 19:30
Location: KS - Keeley Street

Hilary Downes, Professor of Geochemistry, Birkbeck, University of London, helps us to understand the history of the Solar System through the evidence from meteorites.

The early Solar System was a violent place with many collisions between different asteroids and planetary embryos. The results of this chaos can be seen in meteorites which have fallen to Earth. Some meteorites can be linked with planets or asteroids that are still in the Solar System, such as the Moon, Mars and asteroid Vesta, but many meteorites contain small fragments of planets and asteroids which have been otherwise lost or destroyed.

Prof Downes’s work in geological sciences has included research into volcanic deposits in Canada and France as well as studies of fragments of the Earth's mantle ("xenoliths") which are brought to the surface in volcanic eruptions. Now Professor of Geochemistry in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences at Birkbeck, she also works in the study of meteorites in collaboration with colleagues at the Natural History Museum and NASA.


What is the course about?

What meteorites can tell us about the early Solar System.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

The lecture is aimed at a general audience, no previous knowledge is required.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

An illustrated lecture, with opportunities for questions.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

Look out for our Science guest lectures in astronomy, physics and related areas.

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Course Code: HS211

Fri, eve, 04 Oct - 04 Oct '19

Duration: 1 session

Full fee: £15.00
Senior fee: £15.00
Concession: £15.00

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