Whilst regions of space where stars and planets are forming produce beautiful images of our cosmos, they also happen to be littered with chemicals. These chemicals, and their interactions with each other play a vital part in the story of star and planet formation, and likely hold the clues to the origins of life itself. So, how do the chemicals get there, how do we know what is there and why, and how can we test how chemistry evolves in star-forming regions.
Dr Helen Fraser heads the Astrochemistry group at the Open University, where she combines observational astronomy, laboratory astrophysics and theoretical simulations to understand how stars and planets form and the origins of life!
This public lecture is suitable for all ages. Tickets should be pre-booked at www.astronomy.ie