Professor Chris Lintott

The Astronomical Society of Glasgow's next public lecture for the 2018 - 2019 session will be Thursday 24th January, when Prof Chris Lintott, Professor of Astrophysics, Citizen Science Lead, Department of Astrophysics, University of Oxford, will be presenting the Tannahill Lecture: "Weird Worlds: How You Can Find a Planet". The lecture will start promptly at 7:30pm.

Please be aware there is a room change for this lecture. It will take place in room 6.67, rather than the usual 6.41. Details of how to find this room can be found at the end of this article.

  Hunting for exoplanets - planets around stars other than the Sun - is a booming astronomical industry. Results from facilities all over the world, particularly from NASA’s Kepler satellite, have shown that planets are common, and given new insight into the formation of our own Solar System. The latest planet hunting satellite, TESS, provides a chance to find planets around brighter stars In this talk, Chris Lintott (University of Oxford, and presenter on BBC Sky at Night) will talk about what we know and don’t know about how planets form and will explain how you might find a planet of your own using only a laptop. There will be at least one photo of penguins, and some speculation about alien megastructures.

Lintott is a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society. In 2011, Lintott was awarded the Royal Society Kohn Award. He was awarded this (quoting from the Royal Society webpage): "For his excellent engagement with society in matters of science and its societal dimension."

In 2013, Lintott was awarded the Oxford Internet Institute Internet and Society Award. He was given this (quoting from the OII website): "in recognition of Galaxy Zoo's outstanding contributions to research by using crowd-sourced citizen science to capitalise on the availability of online big data-sets."

In 2014, he received the Beatrice M. Tinsley Prize from the American Astronomical Society. He was awarded this (quoting from the AAS website): "For his insight and creativity that created a transformative approach to science by engaging nonscientists in cutting edge research."


To find Room 6.67, first find your way to the usual room, Room 6.41, Royal College, Strathclyde University.  Access is via the Montrose Street entrance, take the lift to Level 3, exit the lift (turning left) and take the 2nd (furthest away) set of steps, and go through the double glass doors.  Room 6.41 is on your left approximately half way along the corridor. 

From Room 6.41, Room 6.67 can be found using the following map (click on the map for a larger version):

Finding Room 6.67 from Room 6.41