Institute of Astronomy

Exploring Solar Systems

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Ryan MacDonald6 January 2016
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Our understanding of the solar system has changed considerably since the dawn of the space age. It was only 50 years ago that some believed in algal blooms on Mars and rainforests on Venus (we were pretty sure the Moon wasn't made of Cheese though). Now we stand at the dawn of a new era, where we are receiving the first tantalising glimpses of the conditions on planets around other stars. Join us for a tour of the solar system, from the sun-scorched surface of Mercury to the icy bodies of the Kuiper belt - and beyond.

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