Over the last week I have been at the Exoplanets and their Host Stars STFC course in Oxford. Since officially starting my PhD in October this was my first field trip, if you will, to meet with other astrophysicists and get a face to face update on what we are learning and discovering as we work. I was amazed to discover the breath of information we can gleam from one continuous data set, like those obtained by the Kepler mission. From the structure of the interior of the star, to activity on the surface, and out to the planets that orbit it.
We were all lucky enough to have a dinner on the Thursday night at All Souls college in Oxford. Unfortunately the organizer forgot to tell us before that there is a strict dress code, and it was quite an experience to walk into one of the most prestigious colleges at Oxford surrounded by people in jeans and tee shirts. It was a fantastic meal and the tradition of passing around a bottle of port at the end of the meal until it has all gone is a great one. We then headed out to the town and that is where my memory of the, what I am told was a great night, ends. However, some pictures and stories the next day seem to have filled in most of the gaps.