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Mapping the deep:

Exploration of the Outer Solar System


by Dr. Michele Bannister (New Zealand, now at QUB)

Monday 11th March - ALL WELCOME

About the Lecture


In 2015 the New Horizons spacecraft flew past Pluto's system, and in January 2019, it flew past a tiny 30-km world, giving the first up-close look at individual objects beyond Neptune: "ground truth" for what we can only see as points of light from here on Earth.

These distant small bodies record how our planetary system formed and evolved. They are preserved records of what our solar system was like 4.5 billion years ago, an extremely important clue for figuring out how all planets in the universe formed, especially ours.

World-expert Dr Bannister will show how major observational surveys are providing new insight into the intricate, complex dynamical structure of the populations in the outer Solar System, with hints at new, barely-seen populations.

Together with colour measurements of their surfaces, it is finally possible to start piecing together the original compostion and structure of our protoplanetary disk, and how it evolved to what we see today.

Whether you just want to have an expert explain what all the photos from New Horizons at Pluto and Optima Thule really meant, or know about how we came to exist and what other planets could exist around other stars, this is your chance to hear a leading authority explain it all.

About the Lecturer


Dr Michele Bannister is now a Postdoctoral Research Fellow and Director's Outreach Fellow at Queen's University Belfast

She is a frequent guest on the BBC's Sky at Night as an expert in the discovery and characterization of minor planets in the Solar System.

she has been involved in the discovery of more than eight hundred minor planets that orbit beyond Neptune.

Originally from New Zealand, she has worked at institutes in Australia, the US, and Canada.

She was honoured in 2017 by the International Astronomical Union with asteroid "(10463) Bannister" being named after her.

For details of her "Research", "Publications, "CV" and "PUBLIC INTEREST" see her QUB webpage: www.astro.uvic.ca/~micheleb/



After the lecture there will be a social reception in The Lombard and we encourage all of you to come along for a chat.
All are welcome to attend and free food will be kindly provided by The Lombard.

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A prize draw will be held after the lecture.

Booking Information

Date Monday 11th March
Time 8:00p.m.

Physics Bldg, Physics Department , Fitzgerald Building, Trinity College Dublin.
There is an entrance on Lincoln Place (not far from the Merrion Square end of TCD). If you get the DART or bus to Pearse St, or drive. Use the Science Gallery entrance on Pearse Street (near the corner with Westland Row) There are maps here:  Here

Parking: Mark Street , Marks Lane , Lombard St. East .

Free Parking on the above streets after 7pm
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Admission €10 (€5 Astronomy Ireland members and concessions)
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Acknowledgment: Astronomy Ireland would like to thank the TCD Astrophysics Research Group for hosting AI public lectures in Trinity College Dublin.

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