A planet not our own

7.00pm to 8.30pm, Wednesday 11 July

The Theatre

The Royal Institution of Great Britain GB United Kingdom W1S 4BS 21 Albemarle Street London

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  • Picture of planet covered in lava
    Credit: heic1603a via ESA/Hubble


Standard £16


Concession £10


Ri Members and Ri Patrons £7

Event description

Planets with two suns. Others with seas of lava. Water worlds drowning under global oceans. Join Elizabeth Tasker for a tour of new-found worlds that are more alien than anything in fiction. And then ask if any of them could ever be called home. 

About the speaker

Elizabeth Tasker is an associate professor at the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), Institute of Space and Astronautical Sciences (ISAS). Her research uses computer models to explore the formation of planets and galaxies.

She frequently writes for the media, principally on exoplanets and space missions, but her articles have also covered topics from star tables in ancient Egypt to deep sea drilling for the cause of earthquakes!


The doors will open at approximately 6.30pm, with a prompt start at 7.00pm. There will be time for questions after the talk.

Latecomers will be admitted into the gallery.

Book signing

Copies of Elizabeth's book, The Planet Factory: Exoplanets and the Search for a Second Earth, will be available for purchase and signing after the talk.

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