Institute of Astronomy

Current Season - Public Talks

Location

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.

Groups

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.

2016
Date Talk Title Speaker Group Booking Weather No. of Visitors Handout
5th Oct Latest results from Gaia Gerry Gilmore Clear 200
12th Oct Proxima b: the closest Earth-like planet? Ryan MacDonald Amino Cloudy 175
19th Oct Planet-eating white dwarfs Amy Bonsor Sawston scouts Cloudy 135
26th Oct Mapping the Universe with the Sloan Digital Sky Survey Daniel Eisenstein - half term - Clear 210
2nd Nov Receding horizons: the discovery of other galaxies and the birth of cosmology Anna Schooneveld Murray Edwards Franklin Society Clear 180
9th Nov Gravitational waves - listening to the birth of the Universe Deyan Mihaylov Hitchin Priory Rotary Club Cloudy 130
16th Nov Finding earth-like planets Amaury Triaud 1st Fenstanton and Hilton scouts. Cloudy 170
23rd Nov Forming the most massive stars in the Universe John Ilee 2nd St Neots scouts Cloudy 130
30th Nov How clumpy is the dark matter in the Milky Way? Denis Erkal Larmor Society, St John's Clear 190
7th Dec What heated up the Universe? Girish Kulkarni Linton scouts Partly Clear 175
14th Dec Exploring Inner and Outer Space with the Dark Energy Survey William Wester students from Beal High School Clear 165
2017
Date Talk Title Speaker Group Booking Weather No. of Visitors Handout
4th Jan Early views of the Moon Carolin Crawford Cloudy 135
11th Jan Supermassive black hole binaries: the long journey to coalescence Davide Fiacconi Partly Clear 140
18th Jan A dark matter: seeing the invisible Rupert Allison Partly Clear 140
25th Jan Alien Megastructures or a Cloud of Comets? Christina Hedges 16th Cambridge Scouts Cloudy 140
1st Feb How far are the Seven Sisters? Thomas Maedler Pupils from King's Ely School Cloudy 92
8th Feb Black holes: Where do they come from, and where are they now? Colin deGraf 1st Littleport Scout Troop Cloudy 159
15th Feb Astrophysics for Super-villains Scott Thomas half-term Raining 190
22nd Feb Asteroids and impacts - should we worry? Robin Catchpole 1st Cambourne cubs Raining 115
1st Mar How do we really know the age of the universe? Sonali Shukla 1st St Neot's Scouts Raining 150
8th Mar Galactic Cannibalism Kathryn Johnston 12th Cambridge scouts Clear 171
15th Mar The top 10 ways to die in space Michael Parker 1st Warboys scouts Clear 250
22nd Mar A better solar system? Amaury Triaud 1st Cambourne scouts Cloudy 135
29th Mar Rivers of stars in the Milky Way Thomas de Boer Cloudy 165