The hunt for new worlds
Explore the universe beyond our solar system and discover thousands of exoplanets. Students will learn about common methods of exoplanet detection using real telescopic data.
Discovering life on other planets
Students analyse images from ground based telescopes to determine characteristics of the exoplanet and conclude if it is suitable for life.
The Goldilocks criteria
Students learn about the criteria that makes earth habitable and how this can be applied to exoplanets to determine if they can support life.
|Capacity||16-32 students. If you want to bring more students, email email@example.com|
|When||School days: Monday-Friday|
|Where||QUT Gardens Point, Science and Engineering Centre|
In this exciting and thought-provoking workshop, students take the first steps to discover life on other planets.
They will learn what exoplanets are and how they are detected. They will find a real exoplanet and determine the characteristics of it and its host star, and calculate gravity, mass, density and even the composition of the planet using photometry in a quest to answer: 'Could this planet harbour life?'
Topics covered in this workshop:
- Doppler shift.
Book this workshop
You can request a booking for one of these options:
- 1 half-day workshop
- 2 half-day workshops run on the same day. Find more workshops.
You can also add a 30-minute interactive experience at The Cube to your visit.
All bookings are subject to availability of university spaces and presenters
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