PINT OF SCIENCE 25 MAY25 May
Although we don't see the sun very often in Glasgow, there is a great team studying the sun and the universe! Come along and check out some incredible discoveries that are being carried out here, some of them related to, wait for it, dinosaurs! If you are curious and want to discover what’s up in outer space, then this is your night. We will end this amazing night with a Science Pub Quiz where you can test all the knowledge you've acquired!
DID A SOLAR SUPERFLARE KILL THE DINOSAURS?
Dr Hugh Hudson (Honorary Research Fellow)
Explosions in the Sun’s atmosphere can affect our environment on the Earth. So, could more extreme events have killed off our poor dinosaurs in the distant past of the Earth, or could extreme events on other stars affect the habitability of their planets? Dr Hugh Hudson will discuss two recent observations (radioisotopes tracers in tree rings, and superflares detected by NASA’s Kepler satellite) that bear on this.
Graham Kerr (PhD Researcher)
The Solar System used to be known having 9 planets. Then they were 8. Now some say there are nine after all! Graham Kerr will give you a whistle stop tour of the Solar System, telling you about the discovery of Pluto, its demonition many decades later, and the science that helped to theorise the new planet 9.
TRAVELLING FASTER THAN THE SPEED OF LIGHT
Antonio Martin Herrera (PhD Researcher)
Most things in the universe can be studied using light. But what about parts of the universe that we cannot see? In the case of dark matter, you can refer to gravitational waves! Antonio Martin Herrera will describe how his research tries to describe a way to discriminate different types of dark matter using the gravitational effects that could even create the effect of travelling faster than light.
Over 18's Only