Films: Wish You Were Here? Searching for Exoplanets
Two films introduce some of the people searching for planets - and life - beyond our Solar System. They will be shown at venues around Scotland.
Into Deep Space
A film by Anne Milne & Alberto Iordanov
This film looks at the question of life outside the Solar System, focusing on the work of Dr Duncan Forgan – a theoretical astronomer from the University of Edinburgh – and Grant Miller, an observational astronomer based at the University of St Andrews.
Grant uses the James Gregory Telescope in St Andrews to study exoplanets. Part of Duncan’s work involves theoretical calculations and computer simulations – incorporating the latest exoplanet data – to improve our understanding of how and where we might expect to see life appearing in our galaxy.
A film by Stefano Nurra & Florian Schwarz
A comparison of the lives of Caroyln Bol - an amateur astronomer in Helensburgh who is participating in the citizen science project ‘Planet Hunters’ - and Dr Martin Dominik, Royal Society University Research Fellow at the University of St Andrews.
Martin uses a technique called gravitational microlensing to detect small planets orbiting other stars. The film explores the enthusiasm Carolyn, an amateur, and Martin, a professional astronomer, share for the study of exoplanets.
Glasgow Sculpture Studios, Port Dundas
Tuesday June 5th, 9pm onwards
The films will screen as part of the Glasgow Science Festival Transit of Venus event. This event is free but booking is essential and can be done through the Glasgow Science Festival website
Woodend Barn, Banchory
Wednesday September 5th, Time TBC
Part of the British Science Association Festival 2012. Following the films, there will be a Q&A session with an expert in the field of exoplanets and, weather permitting, a stargazing session. Booking details to follow soon.
University of Aberdeen
Friday September 7th, Time TBC
Part of the British Science Association Festival 2012. Booking details to follow soon.
Kirkwall, Venue TBC
Tuesday September 11th, Time TBC
Part of the Orkney Science Festival
This is a Scottish Government Science Engagement Grant funded collaboration between The Royal Observatory Edinburgh, Edinburgh College of Art and the universities of St Andrews and Edinburgh.