Institute of Astronomy

Current Season - Public Talks


All public open evenings are held at the Institute of Astronomy with talks taking place in the lecture theatre in the Hoyle Building. You can find a map of the Institute site here.

Talk Times

All talks start at 7:15pm unless otherwise stated. Often our events are very popular and it is not always possible to accommodate everyone who attends in the main lecture theatre. We encourage you to arrive early to avoid disappointment.


There is no need to book unless you are a group of 15+ people; only the evenings that remain blank in the 'Group Booking' column are available for groups.

Date Talk Title Speaker Group Booking Weather No. of Visitors Handout
7th Oct Galactic Archaeology: Peering into the Milky Way's Past Keith Hawkins Bellerby's College A-level class Cloudy 137
14th Oct Scale of the Universe Christina Hedges 1st St Michaels Mead Scout Group Raining 167
21st Oct Dwarf Planet Discoveries: the latest on Ceres, Pluto and beyond Sonali Shukla Cloudy 95
28th Oct Mars vs 'The Martian' Carolin Crawford - half term - Clear 230
4th Nov Tiny but powerful - the smallest supermassive black holes Jenny Greene Raining 105
11th Nov Next generation telescopes Michael Parker Blacktrace Social Club Cloudy 138
18th Nov Bubbles and filaments in galaxy clusters Helen Russell 2nd Hunts Hinchingbrooke Park Scouts Partly Clear 128
25th Nov Brown Dwarfs Sonali Shukla Hitchin Probus Club Partly Clear 184
2nd Dec Gaia Alerts: science from the first year Heather Campbell Amino Communications Ltd
9th Dec Accreting black holes: Welcome to the feast! Matt Middleton
16th Dec Monsters in the dark; hunting for the Universe's most extreme galaxies Matt Bothwell
23rd Dec NO EVENT - Holidays - - -
30th Dec NO EVENT - Holidays - - -
Date Talk Title Speaker Group Booking Weather No. of Visitors Handout
6th Jan Exploring Solar Systems Ryan MacDonald
13th Jan
20th Jan Earth: the little planet that could Scott Thomas
27th Jan Ranjan Vasudevan
3rd Feb Westminster College
10th Feb
17th Feb Carolin Crawford half-term
24th Feb
2nd Mar
9th Mar
16th Mar
23rd Mar Neutron Stars Nathalie Degenaar