If you have ever wondered how we get from three basic elements created in the Big Bang to the point where living beings evolve and attend astronomy conferences, the answer lies in Steve Miller's talk on Friday morning.
The key lies with one of the earliest molecules to arise in the Universe – a simple form of hydrogen known as H-three-plus. Steve will explain how the seemingly humble H-three-plus holds the key to creating complex molecules in interstellar space, what it tells us about how the earliest stars form and how it may even control the fate of planets like Jupiter, Saturn and the hundreds of giant extrasolar planets that we now know orbit other stars.
You can learn more about this fascinating topic in the video below.
Steve Miller is a Professor of Science Communication and Planetary Science at University College London and is the author of The Chemical Cosmos.