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'The Inferno World with Titanium Skies' by Ryan MacDonald

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In the last 25 years, over 3,500 planets have been found orbiting other stars. Now, with the help of powerful telescopes in space and on the ground, astronomers are beginning to study the atmospheres of these distant worlds. Recently, an international team of astronomers made a startling discovery: the first planet with an atmosphere containing titanium oxide. This planet, known as WASP-19b, is unlike anything seen in our own solar system.

In this talk, Cambridge University astronomer Ryan MacDonald - part of the team who identified the titanium skies of WASP-19b - will explain how to find planets beyond the solar system, the ways to explore their atmospheres, and, finally, guide you on an 815 light year journey to the inferno world with titanium skies.

Further background on this discovery can be found in this Cambridge University press release: http://www.cam.ac.uk/research/news/inferno-world-with-titanium-skies

Ryan MacDonald is a Theoretical Astrophysicist, Science Communicator and one of the final 100 Astronaut Candidates for Mars One’s proposed 2027 mission to the Red Planet.

After completing a Master’s Degree in Physics at Oxford University, Ryan joined the exoplanet research group at the University of Cambridge’s Institute of Astronomy. His current PhD research focuses on deducing the physical conditions and chemical compositions present on planets orbiting other stars, with the long term goal of assisting the search for life elsewhere in the Universe.

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