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
1st Oct The nearest star, our Sun Carolin Crawford Villiers Park students Cloudy 185
8th Oct The space between galaxies Laura Keating Girls brigade Partly Clear 145
15th Oct The brightest explosions in the Universe Morgan Fraser King's Lynn Astro Soc Raining 150
22nd Oct Staring into black holes Michael Parker Cambridge PdOC Cloudy 180
29th Oct The Great Debate Prash Jethwa, Gus Williams & Laura Keating - half term - Raining 115
12th Nov Sister of the more famous William: some reflections on the life and career of Caroline Herschel Christina Koning Partly Clear 165
19th Nov Dark energy and the fate of the Universe Sonke Hee 2nd Cambourne Guides Partly Clear 190
26th Nov An update on the Rosetta mission Carolin Crawford Hitchin Priory Rotary Club Foggy 150
3rd Dec The search for Earth 2.0 Sara Seager Cambridge Gates scholars Cloudy 155
10th Dec What is a (modern) astronomer? Thomas Masseron 1st Balsham guides Partly Clear 150
17th Dec What's the use of black holes? Andy Fabian Cloudy 115
Date Talk Title Speaker Group Booking Weather No. of Visitors Handout
7th Jan Our Galaxy Paula Jofre St Bedes school
14th Jan Thorley Senior Section
21st Jan 26th Cambridge cubs
28th Jan Christina Hedges Cambridge ladybirds
4th Feb 1st Thorley Guide pack
11th Feb 1st Bar Hill brownies
18th Feb Zephyr Penoyre & CHaOS - half term -
25th Feb Pdoc
4th Mar Andrew Connolly 1st Swaffam Prior Scouts
11th Mar Nikku Madhusudhan Science Festival
18th Mar Solar eclipses Carolin Crawford Science Festival
25th Mar Weird stars Sarah Smedley Blue Belles (WI)