NASA: Discovering Dangerous New Worlds

SpaceVideoPublished: January 31, 2018Updated: February 8, 2018
Published: January 31, 2018Updated: February 8, 2018

Dangerous Worlds
Elizabeth Tasker, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency

In exploring our own solar system, astronomers have uncovered some weird worlds. However, these are nothing compared to the lands harboured by our neighbouring stars. Huge Jupiters snuggle so close to their star that their years last only as long as our days. Planets are resurrected around stars that have long been dead. Other worlds begin their nights with dual sunsets, like Tatooine in Star Wars, drown in global water oceans, as in Interstellar, or even have seas of tar. These worlds can be more extreme than anything in fiction and prompt us to ask if any could be called home.

NOTE: There were some sound problems with the recording. The auditorium was upgraded during the week before this event, and a couple bugs were uncovered during this field test of the system. We apologize, and the staff is working to ensure these problems are solved for future events.

Host: Dr. Frank Summers

Recorded live on November 7, 2017 at the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore, MD USA

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