Institute of Astronomy

Open Afternoon 2017

Come along and join in the fun when we open our doors for our 2017 Open Afternoon - all part of the Cambridge Science Festival

Saturday 25th March

Doors open 2-6pm

  • there'll be a series of half-hour talks in our lecture theatre 
  • Start time Title Speaker
    2.30pm Cassini at Saturn Carolin Crawford
    3.15 pm How far are the Seven Sisters? Thomas Maedler
    4.00pm Top 10 ways to die in space Michael Parker
    4.45 pm

    A better solar system?

    Amaury Triad
  • we'll have posters, displays, demonstrations and hands-on activities all around the site - for everyone to learn more about Astronomy, and the kind of research we do;
  • step back in time to the 1960s with our librarian Mark commemerating 50 years of history of the Institute of Astronomy and its founder Fred Hoyle;
  • we'll have meteorites to examine and buy from our friends from Space Rocks UK;
  • there will be an art exhibition and accompanying workshops where you can embrace your creativity and curiousity
  • you can visit the historical telescopes on site and see what they look like in the daylight;
  • our Starlite cafe will provide tea and snacks, a welcome chance to rest your feet;
  • the Cambridge Astronomical Association will be offering family make-and-do activities, and will be showing a range of amateur telescopes;
  • and as ever, we'll have a range of beautiful astronomical postcards to buy to decorate your home or send to your friends!


Open Afternoon 2016


Check out the timelapse video of a previous Open Afternoon below! Can you spot Doctor Who and the dalek? How about Cybermen? Even Einstein and Newton make an appearance! If you attended the 2015 event, see if you can spot yourself! If not, don't miss out on the fun this year!

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