Planetary Moons – New Date

Speaker: Sheila Kanani

Date: 18 February 2013 – New Date
Start Time: 7 pm
End Time: 8:30 pm

Venue: 27/29 South Lambeth Road, Vauxhall, London, SW8 1SZ

Saturn is known for being Lord of the Rings but what about its plethora of incredible moons? Saturn has over 60 moons, each amazing in its own right but if you were to take a family portrait you would be forgiven to thinking they were not related to Saturn at all as they vary in size, shape, composition and colour. Join Sheila as she takes a flying tour through Saturn’s mini ‘solar system’, visiting moons such as ‘the one spewing out water’, ‘the one that looks like the Death Star’, the one that is bigger than Mercury’ and ‘the one that really does have a ‘dark side’, and enjoy as she describes the formation, discovery and exploration of Saturn’s family portrait.

Biography
I’m a Londoner by birth but a space cadet in my heart. From the age of 13 I knew that space was the inspiring force behind my decisions. After successfully finishing school I took a gap year doing voluntary work in Mexico and Peru, followed by an Honours degree in Physics with Astrophysics from the University of Manchester. I attended Space School UK as a student and have now taught there for 7 years. I was chosen to represent the UK at space camps in Alabama, USA and Moscow, Russia. I have worked at the famous Jodrell Bank Observatory, lived at an Australian telescope facility to search for exoplanets and recently finished my PhD in an old mansion in Surrey. My PhD was in planetary science; using the Cassini spacecraft to study the Lord of the Rings, Saturn and now I’m a science teacher in Preston! I’m a world (and one day space) traveller, a lover of good music (I play the jazz saxophone), a dancer (modern tap) and an advocate for anything vampire related.

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