Elizabeth Tasker: The Planet Factory
We thought the planets of our Solar System were weird worlds, until we began to see the lands harboured by our neighbouring stars. Huge Jupiters snuggle so close to their star that years last days. Planets are resurrected around stars that have long been dead. Other worlds begin their nights with dual sunsets like Star Wars Tatooine or drown in global oceans or seas of tar. “The Planet Factory” is the story of how these worlds were formed, how our own Earth came to be and whether there could be another planet out there that could host life.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Elizabeth Tasker is an astrophysicist at the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) in Tokyo, Japan. Originally from the UK, Elizabeth studies at Durham and Oxford before spending seven years as a researcher in New York, Florida and Canada. She moved to Japan in 2011 and now spends her days building stars and planets in her computer and wondering at what point her research will be more perplexing than the Japanese canteen menu. She can be found on twitter @girlandkat, and through her website,girlandkat.com
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