Institute of Astronomy

The inferno world with titanium skies

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Ryan MacDonald25 October 2017
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This September  the European Southern Observatory announced the discovery of a truly alien exoplanet atmosphere. Heated to over 2000C, the inferno world WASP-19b is the first exoplanet with titanium oxide detected in its atmosphere. But what is this world really like? What secrets could it still hold?
 
In this talk, Cambridge University astronomer Ryan MacDonald - part of the team who identified the titanium skies of WASP-19b - will guide you on an 815 light year journey to a world at the edge of the known.

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