Institute of Astronomy

Previous Public Talks

2014/2015
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
2013/2014
Date Talk Title Speaker Group Booking Weather No. of Visitors Handout
2nd Oct Dark matter and dark energy: common misconceptions Will Handley - Cloudy 105
9th Oct Curiosity after a year on Mars Carolin Crawford Thirsty Thirties Clear 170
16th Oct Exploding Stars Andy Newsam Group from Amino Clear 200
23rd Oct The Sun and climate change Robin Catchpole - Clear 200
30th Oct Black Holes - Science Fiction or Reality? Stefan Gillessen - Cloudy >260
6th Nov Rockets! Michael Parker 2nd Linton Guides Cloudy 165
13th Nov Radio Astronomy: science with Dishes, Chicken Wire and Supercomputers Greg Madsen Realise project Partly Clear 170
20th Nov The stars of the Milky Way Paula Jofre 1st Red Lodge scout group Cloudy 115
27th Nov Views of Venus Alan Jackson Hitchin Priory Rotary Club Cloudy 170
4th Dec Exoplanets Ian Parry Abbey College students & EF school Clear 250
11th Dec Space spiders: black widow and redback pulsars Sarah Smedley Realise project Partly Clear 150
18th Dec What will we learn with the Gaia satellite? Anna Hourihane & Heather Campbell Thirsty thirties Cloudy 160
8th Jan We are made of stardust Thomas Masseron - Cloudy 130
11th Jan Stargazing Live (No talks) (There will only be a talk if it is cloudy) - Partly Clear Around 900
15th Jan Ancient Greek Astronomy and the distance to the Moon Denis Erkal 1st Eaton Socon Scouts Cloudy 220
22nd Jan The next decade in Astronomy: The unanswered questions Jonathan Crass 6th formers from Jack Hunt School, P'borough Cloudy 215
29th Jan The random Universe Poul Alexander Friends of St Andrew's Church / 6th formers from KES Cloudy 210
5th Feb Fabulous nebulae Carolin Crawford 1st Cambourne cubs Stormy 160
12th Feb Supernovae! Giant explosions in Space Morgan Fraser Bell English School Cloudy 160