Lecture for Friends of the RAS: Seeing the Solar System for the Out side

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Seeing the Solar System for the Outside
Dr Jane Greaves (University of St Andrews) Although our first spacecraft are leaving the Solar System only now, we can investigate how we would look to an external observer by doing the reverse - looking at our neighbour star systems. Dr Greaves will discuss the surprising array of extrasolar planets we find, and also the evidence for huge belts extrasolar comets. Some of these conditions are more or less favourable for life, on the terrestrial planets we hope to uncover in the near future. Dr Greaves is the St Andrews Fellow in Astrophysics at the University of St Andrews, and is primarily a submillimetre observational astronomer, and was previously an Instrument Scientist at the James Clerk Maxwell Telescope and Project Scientist at the UK Astronomy Technology Centre. The talk will be followed by a wine reception in the Library.