Monday 30 March, 2009

Solar System Formation and Exoplanets

Professor Michael Drinkwater, Dr Tamara Davis and Dr Kevin Pimbblet


How do we know that the Earth is about 4.5 billion years old?
Why is Pluto no longer considered to be a planet?
Do we have a theory that can explain the origin of the solar system?
What kinds of planets have we found orbiting other stars?
Have our theories of planet formation held up against the discovery of these distant solar systems?

In this presentation, three astronomers from the University of Queensland will give an entertaining and theatrical tour of these and other modern Big Questions in science.

  • Time: 6:30pm to 7:30pm (Doors open at 6pm)
  • Venue: Ithaca Auditorium, Brisbane City Hall
  • Refreshments: There will be complimentary drinks and nibblies following the talk, and they will be available to answer any questions.
  • Questions? Contact Lynelle (