Institute of Astronomy

Previous Public Talks

2017/2018
Date Talk Title Speaker Group Booking Weather No. of Visitors Handout
4th Oct A beginner’s guide to the Big Bang Matt Bothwell Gateway cubs Cloudy 130
11th Oct Exploring the astronomical world Paul Murdin 29th Cambridge cubs Cloudy 155
18th Oct What's all the fuss about gravitational waves? Carolin Crawford 1st St Michaels Mead Scout troop Cloudy 165
25th Oct The inferno world with titanium skies Ryan MacDonald - half term - Partly Clear 225
1st Nov A random walk through accreting black holes Will Alston Neale Wade academy school group Partly Clear 175
8th Nov The Phoenix Cluster Helen Russell - Partly Clear 145
15th Nov How do you measure the distances of stars? Floor van Leeuwen 1st Steeple Morden Guides Cloudy 155
22nd Nov The Dark Universe Ricardo Chavez 26th Cambridge cubs Cloudy 170
29th Nov The birthplaces of planets Dominika Boneberg - Partly Clear 110
6th Dec Exploring the dark universe with Einstein’s telescope Nick Bate Magellan Explorers Cloudy 133
13th Dec How to make an Earth Amy Bonsor Beal High school astronomy club Partly Clear 101
20th Dec Visit the Menagerie of Extreme Worlds! Mihkel Kama - Cloudy 90
27th Dec NO OPEN EVENING THIS WEEK -
3rd Jan NO OPEN EVENING THIS WEEK -
10th Jan Where Did We All Come From Craig Mackay - Cloudy 89
17th Jan The biggest galaxy in the Universe? Matt Bothwell 3rd Ely Scouts Cloudy 186
24th Jan Telescopes the Size of the Universe Matthew Auger Hitchin Priory Rotary Club Clear 128
31st Jan Light and Colour in the Universe Robin Catchpole 1st Meldreth brownies Clear >330
7th Feb The Discovery of Ultraluminous X-ray Pulsars Dom Walton The Partridge Group Clear 143
14th Feb The first lights of the Universe and the world’s largest radio telescope Eloy de Lera Acedo - half term - Raining 83
2016/2017
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