3rd Annual Edmund Weaver Lecture in Astronomy

Ultima Thule

What do we really know about the outer solar system?

a public lecture by

Dr Phil Sutton

University of Lincoln

Tuesday 1 October 2019

6 pm – 7:20 pm

Newton Lecture Theatre INB0114 in the Isaac Newton building, University of Lincoln

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Of the thousands of spacecraft sent into space in the last 60 years only a handful have made it to Jupiter and beyond. The outer solar system stretches from around 5 – 100,000 times the average distance between the Sun and Earth. We will take a journey through the outer planets into the relatively unknown outer solar system. Here, recent spacecraft images are revealing binary asteroids and even some with ring systems around them.


Phil Sutton graduated in Physics with Astrophysics from Nottingham Trent University. He worked at the physics department of Loughborough University for 10 years where he also completed a PhD degree on Saturn’s narrow F ring. One of aims of his work was to create numerical models to replicate observations taken by the Cassini spacecraft. Phil joined the University of Lincoln in September 2017 and leads a new research direction in astrophysics in Lincoln.

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