If you have ever walked from the Scottish Fisheries Museum along Shore Street, you will have been on a space walk, following the trail of the Anstruther Model Solar System. Starting at the Sun Tavern you quickly run into Mercury, Venus and Earth, but space is big: it’s a good 10-minute walk to the edge of the Solar System at High Street West. Along your way you will find the eight planets that make up our Solar System, as well as the asteroid, Ceres, and the dwarf planet, Pluto.
What do the planets and other objects in our solar system look like, what do we know about them, and what do we not know yet? How do we collect information from these far-away worlds? And will we ever be able to visit? In this talk Dr Anne-Marie Weijmans, Reader in Astrophysics in the School of Physics and Astronomy at the University of St Andrews, will take a voyage through the Solar System, and find out how astronomical research is shaping our understanding of the different worlds that make up our Solar System. Time permitting, we will also travel a bit further into space and will have a look at some of the other solar systems out there in the Universe.
Please note this event will start not before 7.30pm and follow on from the AIA’s AGM, which will begin at 7pm.