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
8th Oct Laura Keating Girls brigade
15th Oct The brightest explosions in the Universe Morgan Fraser King's Lynn Astro Soc
22nd Oct Bending and blurring light around a black hole Michael Parker Hitchin Priory Rotary Club
29th Oct The Great Debate Prash Jethwa & Gus Williams - half term -
12th Nov Caroline Herschel Christina Koning 1st Bar Hill brownies
19th Nov Sonke Hee (?) 2nd Cambourne Guides
26th Nov Priscilla Canizares
3rd Dec Sara Seager ?
10th Dec What is a (modern) astronomer? Thomas Masseron 1st Balsham guides
17th Dec An update on the Rosetta mission Carolin Crawford
Date Talk Title Speaker Group Booking Weather No. of Visitors Handout
7th Jan
14th Jan Sarah Smedley Thorley Senior Section
21st Jan
28th Jan
28th Jan
4th Feb
11th Feb
18th Feb - half term -
25th Feb
4th Mar
11th Mar Nikku Madhusudhan Science Festival
18th Mar Solar eclipses Carolin Crawford Science Festival
25th Mar