Lecture, Barnard's Inn Hall, Wednesday, 24 Jan 2024 - 18:00

'Oumuamua': Our first interstellar visitor

Long, flat asteroid-like object against backdrop of space and planet earth

In 2017, the Solar System was visited by an object named 'Oumuamua’, which came from another star. The unusual properties of this first interstellar visitor led some to suggest it may be an alien spacecraft - but the truth is that its oddness is already teaching us lessons about how solar systems form.

This lecture also considers the prospects of discovering more unusual objects in the Solar System, and what we might do about asteroids that threaten the Earth.

Professor Chris Lintott

Professor Chris Lintott

Professor Chris Lintott is a Professor of Astrophysics at the University of Oxford, and a Research Fellow at New College.

Having been educated at Magdalene College, Cambridge...

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