A very special live event from YorNight 2018, the University of York's celebration of research at beautiful King's Manor. We talked about exoplanets — that is, planets around other stars — and Emily shared her top three exoplanets of all time. Chris finished by strapping on a guitar and going all Chris Hadfield with The Exoplanet Song. A wonderful, enthusiastic audience of young and old (many in astro-themed fancy dress for the occasion!) packed out the theatre, asked brilliant questions and cheered along.
Things we talk about in this episode:
YorNight 2018: https://www.york.ac.uk/news-and-events/events/yornight/2018/
The Kepler mission: https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/kepler
Kepler runs out of fuel: https://www.space.com/41363-kepler-exoplanet-hunting-telescope-dead.html
NASA’s heart-tugging animation: https://nasaviz.gsfc.nasa.gov/20284
NASA’s Exoplanet Travel Bureau: https://exoplanets.nasa.gov/alien-worlds/exoplanet-travel-bureau/
Musical note: Chris would like to acknowledge that he now realises that The Exoplanet Song’s chorus melody is really quite similar to the verse melody from Jason Mraz’s “I’m Yours”. And by “quite similar” he means “almost identical to”. He’d like to point out that he had a sneaking suspicion there was a reason the song had come to him so quickly … So, you know, thanks Jason.