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Dangerous Worlds

Presented by: Elizabeth Tasker (Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency)
Category: Education and Outreach   Duration: 25 minutes   Broadcast date: November 07, 2017
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In exploring of our own solar system, astronomers have uncovered some weird worlds. However, these are nothing compared to the lands harboured by our neighbouring stars. Huge Jupiters snuggle so close to their star that their years last only as long as our days. Planets are resurrected around stars that have long been dead. Other worlds begin their nights with dual sunsets, like Tatooine in Star Wars, drown in global water oceans, as in Interstellar, or even have seas of tar. These worlds can be more extreme than anything in fiction and prompt us to ask if any could be called home.