The planet factory | Elizabeth tasker

December 9th, 2017

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We thought we understood how planets were made until we began discovering worlds around other stars. Planets circle dead stars, others orbit two stars or none at all. This talk takes a journey through some of the strangest worlds we have discovered, how they may have formed and whether we can tell if any could host life. Dr. Tasker explores these topics in her new book: The Planet Factory: Exoplanets and the Search for a Second Earth.

Date: Saturday, December 9, 2017

Time: 17:00 - 18:30

Best for: Grade 5 and up

Fee: ¥500 Current KAIS/EMS Students | ¥ 1,000 Former KAIS/EMS Students |

¥ 2,000 Guardians / Adults

Location: KA International | Toritsudaigaku Campus | 4th Floor

1 Chome-6-8 Nakane, Meguro, Tokyo 152-0031


Elizabeth is an associate professor at the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), Institute of Space and Astronautical Sciences (ISAS), a Japanese space science research institute. Her research uses computer models to explore the formation of planets and galaxies.

She earned her PhD in computational astrophysics at the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom. Before joining JAXA in 2016, she taught Physics for 4 years at the University of Hokkaido in northern Japan.

In September of 2017 her popular science book was published, titled, The Planet Factory: Exoplanets and the Search for a Second Earth. Engineering and Technology magazine calls it “Engaging and informative ... a great introduction to a relatively new and fast-changing aspect of scientific endeavor.