Discovery of a dynamic atmosphere at one of Saturn’s moons, Enceladus
Free public lecture by Professor Michele Dougherty FRS, Imperial College London
Enceladus, Saturn's sixth largest moon, has recently become a major attraction for scientists, with many believing it offers the best hope we have of discovering other life in our solar system. After passing close by to Enceladus, NASA's Cassini spacecraft detected plumes of water vapour emanating from cracks around the south pole of the moon, which have recently been discovered to contain complex organic compounds, necessary ingredients for the existence of life. Michele Dougherty will discuss these discoveries and how they have revolutionised our perspective of planetary moons in the solar system.
Admission is free, seats allocated on a first-come-first-served basis. Doors open at 6.00pm.