How weird are worlds around other stars?
Weird. Really weird.
Super-sized Jupiters orbit their stars closer than Mercury, while Earth-sized worlds have years lasting mere hours and crusts of molten magma. Other planets are on bent orbits where the seasons change the weather by a 1000 degrees, while around a neighbouring star circle split worlds with hemispheres of everlasting day and perpetual, neverending night.
There are planets that orbit twin suns like Luke Skywalker's Tatooine and other worlds that have no sun at all but are rogue drifters in the darkness of the Galaxy. Some drown under global oceans thousands of kilometers deep and others have the surfaces of giant comets or diamond mantles with tarry seas.
These are the cousins of our own Solar System, but could any be like our own Earth?
I TOTALLY WROTE A BOOK!
It was epic, exciting, extreme and something-else-beginning-with-E-that-conjures-images-of-being-mauled-by-bears.
This is a popular science book (yes, I promise you will understand it) on how planets are formed and the weird and wonderful worlds we have discovered beyond our Solar System.
Published by Bloomsbury Sigma Science.
In April, I’m heading to Canada! Allegedly, there will be research BUT I’m also giving a number of public talks and signing copies of The Planet Factory, which comes out in paperback over the pond that month.
More exotically, I’m giving most of these talks with YA author, Ria Voros. Ria approached me at the start of 2018, searching for an astrophysicist to appear as a character in her new book, The Center of the Universe.
With Ria’s book coming out in April only a few weeks before the paperback version of my own, we had to go on tour. Here is a doodle video showing explaining (as best as can be) our collaboration!
Evening lecture at Flamsteed Astronomy Society in Greenwich (details pending)
Public talks with YA author Ria Voros at Fraser Valley regional libraries: Chilliwack, Maple Ridge and Abbotsford. More details to follow!
Public talk with YA author, Ria Voros, at the Friends of the Dominion Astrophysical Observatory Society (FDAO) star party, held at the—very appropriately named— Centre of the Universe in Victoria, BC. Details can be found here.
Space & Storytelling: Free public talk with YA author Ria Voros, hosted by Curiosity Collider & UBC. Talk will be held at UBC in the Hennings Room 202. A book signing will follow the talk. More details can be found here.
“Chasing Exoplanets: Stories from the Centre of the Universe”: A conversation about weird planets, the search for life in the universe, and how the language of science can help tell stories about human relationships. Followed by a book signing. Free event and no registration necessary. Details here.
“A planet not our own”: public talk at the monthly meeting of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada (RASC) at the Hume Cronyn Memorial Observatory at Western University in London, Ontario. A book signing will follow the talk.
All are welcome to attend, see here for details.