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This event is part of our series of lightning lectures at the Royal Society's Summer Science Exhibition 2019. Perfect for getting a taste of science, why not catch one (or more) of these electrifying 15 minute talks?

With the explosion in data from space missions such as Kepler, researchers have observed more than 3,500 planets orbiting around stars. In fact, the latest estimates indicate that, on average, every star in our galaxy has at least one planet orbiting it. That’s over a thousand billion planets crowding the Milky Way alone.

Join astrophysicist Professor Giovanna Tinetti as she explores these exotic planets. Discover how new techniques in machine learning allow researchers to analyse atmospheric data to understand which planets out there might be inhabitable, or perhaps even inhabited.

Running times

This event will run at 11.15am and 3pm and last approximately 15 minutes.

Talk - admittance for our talks is first-come, first-served. Please ensure you arrive early for talks as we can get busy at the weekends and you may need to queue to get into the building.

Attending the event

  • Free to attend
  • No registration required
  • Limited spaces, admittance based on venue capacity
  • Seats allocated on a first-come, first-served basis
  • Doors open 5 minutes before start of event
  • Suitable for ages 14+
  • Travel and accessibility information - contact us directly to arrange any specific accessibility requirements
  • Food and drink will be available for purchase at our onsite café

For all enquiries, please email

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