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2021 Year of Space lecture series

The Geology of Other Planets - A geological journey through our solar system and beyond

Take a journey through the wonders of our solar system with a team of expert planetary geologists and scientists!

You may want to explore the origins of our solar system, or take a virtual trip to the asteroid belt; maybe you’ll join us to learn about volcanoes on Mercury, drive across the surface of Mars with the NASA rovers and discover more about the planets right at the very edge of our solar system.

This lecture series will take you on a journey all the way from Mercury to Pluto and beyond, and show you how geologists here on Earth can examine rocks from space and the Earth itself to unpick the mysteries of our Solar System. Book your place using the links below!

All lectures will be available both live and recorded on our YouTube channel.

 Solar system

Our Solar System - How Geology Began 

Professor Sara Russell, Natural History Museum

Wednesday 10 February

 Mercury

Mercury 

Professor Dave Rothery, Open University

Wednesday 3 March
 Venus

Venus

Dr Peter Grindrod, Natural History Museum

Thursday 22 April
 Circular red tinted planet with black sky background

Mars 

Dr Matt Balme, Open University

Wednesday 12 May
 Asteroids hurtling through the black sky

Asteroids and Comets 

Professor Alan Fitzsimmons, Queen's University Belfast

Wednesday 30 June
 The moon

The Geology of the Moon 

Dr Katie Joy, University of Manchester

Thursday 15 July
 Grey circular planet with grey ring of saturn to the right and black backdrop
 

The Geology of Titan

Ralph Lorenz, John Hopkins Applied Physics Lab, Maryland

Thursday 9 September

 Circular moon with ice set against a black sky

The Icy Moons 

Claire Cousins, University of St Andrews

Wednesday 20 October
 black sky background with large circular light brown planet in foreground
 

The Geology of Pluto 

Dr Veronica Bray, University of Arizona

Wednesday 10 November

 Circular planet Pegasi b sitting to the left of a black sky

Extra Solar Planets 

Dr Oli Shorttle

Wednesday 8 December

The Geology of Titan

Ralph Lorenz, John Hopkins Applied Physics Lab, Maryland

Thursday 9 September

Pluto 

Dr Veronica Bray, University of Arizona

Wednesday 10 November