Ian Dangerfield Lecture

Friday, October 21, 2022 - 19:00 to 20:00
In-person & Online

Zoom details TBA

In-person: Hamilton Institute Seminar room (317), 3rd Floor Eolas Building, North Campus, Maynooth University

Speaker: Professor Caitriona Jackman, School of Cosmic Physics - Astronomy & Astrophysics, Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies

Title: "Adventures in the Solar System"

Abstract: This talk will bring attendees on an adventure through the solar
system, with particular focus on spacecraft exploration of the gas giant
planets Jupiter and Saturn. I will show how mathematics is important in these
environments: from how specific orbital resonances lead to volcanic moon
activity, to how we measure the length of a day on gas giant planets, to how
we quantify the energy that goes into producing the dynamic northern and
southern lights. I will give a user-friendly insight into how we are using
advanced data analytics and machine learning to mine decades of data from
spacecraft and telescopes to reveal the secrets of planetary science. This
talk will have something for everyone - so even if you are not a maths expert
I will show stunning images and data from missions like NASA/ESA/ASI Cassini
at Saturn and NASA Juno at Jupiter and aim to spark curiosity about future
exploration of our beautiful and diverse solar system.