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EP16 - Sunday, 23rd August 2020 7:30pm BST - ARIEL and ExoClock by Anastasia Kokori


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This week we are joined by Anastasia Kokori the co-ordinator of the ARIEL ExoClock project and the project manager for the ExoWorlds Spies project. Anastasia will be giving us a talk titled:  ARIEL and ExoClock: the future of exoplanets and how the public can get involved

Anastasia is also the Astrographic Officer at Greenwich Royal Observatory and also a planetary scientist in training at Birkbeck University of London. She is a graduate of the Space Studies Program (SSP) 2018, organised by the International Space University (ISU), and also holds an MSc in Science Communication from Dublin City University (DCU), and a Primary Education Degree from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. She has a long experience in observing with small ground-based telescopes and also organising projects and events that involve the public and school students.

Talk Synopsis:

ARIEL is a space mission led by the European Space Agency, planned to launch in 2028. It will be the first dedicated mission to measure the chemical composition of many exoplanets. The main objective of ARIEL is to study in detail a large diverse sample of exoplanets orbiting different types of stars. The key science questions ARIEL will address are: 

•   What are exoplanets made of? 

•   How do planets and planetary systems form? 

•   How do planets and their atmospheres evolve over time? 

Understanding worlds beyond the Earth is a key issue for humanity and it concerns everyone, not only the scientific communities. We strongly believe that research and science is an effort that everyone can take part in. 

ARIEL will observe around 1000 transiting exoplanets and for this survey to be as efficient as possible, we need to have a good knowledge of the expected transit time of the planets observed. This is where small and medium-scale telescopes can contribute significantly. To better organise this effort, we have created the project ExoClock that is open to everyone, professional and amateur astronomers as well as members of the public can get involved and contribute to the mission. In this presentation we will outline the current status on exoplanets, followed by the key points of the ARIEL mission and how the ExoClock project is contributing.

Meeting details below:

Topic: EP16 - Sunday, 23rd August 2020 7:30pm BST - ARIEL and ExoClock by Anastasia Kokori
Time: Aug 23, 2020 07:30 PM London

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It will be great to be involved in the Ariel Mission - great student project too!

If anyone fancies a bit of fun while learning how to detect exoplanets try this https://agentexoplanet.lco.global   -  for 'kids' of all ages!! 😉 


PS The Comet Interceptor Mission will launch on the same rocket, and there might be some amateur involvement in that one too!

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1 hour ago, Alien 13 said:

That was enjoyable, do have a follow up question though...do exoplanet systems form in the same plane as the galaxy rotation or is it random?


I don't think so. It's  more to do with the details of the collapse of the molecular cloud and its net angular momentum. 

Regards Andrew 

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