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
14th Oct Christina Hedges 1st St Michaels Mead Scout Group
21st Oct Dwarf Planet Discoveries: the latest on Ceres, Pluto and beyond Sonali Shukla
28th Oct - half term -
4th Nov Jenny Greene
11th Nov Next generation telescopes Michael Parker
18th Nov Bubbles and filaments in galaxy clusters Helen Russell 2nd Hunts Hinchingbrooke Park Scouts
25th Nov Exoplanets: is there another Earth? Scott Thomas Hitchin Probus Club
2nd Dec Gaia Alerts: science from the first year Heather Campbell
9th Dec Matt Middleton
16th Dec Monsters in the dark; hunting for the Universe's most extreme galaxies Matt Bothwell