Institute of Astronomy

Current Season - Public Talks

Location

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.

Groups

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.

2018
Date Talk Title Speaker Group Booking Weather No. of Visitors Handout Video
3rd Oct What on Earth is dark energy? Matt Bothwell 3rd Saffron Walden Brownies Clear 171 watch
10th Oct Touching the Sun Carolin Crawford Jeremiah Scout group Clear 216 watch
17th Oct Galactic mega-cities: A short story on galaxy clusters Catrina Diener 1st Caxton Brownies Partly Clear 98 watch
24th Oct Where are the Aliens? Ryan MacDonald *** Half Term *** Clear 284 watch
31st Oct The Birth and Death of Stars Robin Catchpole Cloudy 117 watch
7th Nov Mapping the Galaxy with Gaia Francesca De Angeli 1st Stukeley Meadows Cubs Partly Clear 117
14th Nov How Supermassive Black Holes Talk to Their Host Galaxies Martin Bourne Soham Brigades Clear 223
21st Nov Tales of Exploding Stars Avishai Gilkis 7th Royston Barkway Cubs
28th Nov Hidden Monsters: Supermassive Black Holes Lurking in the Dust Manda Banerji 2nd St Neots scouts
5th Dec A journey from your backyard to the stars Ghina Halabi Beal High School
12th Dec Mysterious Fast Radio Bursts (FRBs) Anastasia Fialkov
19th Dec Mihkel Kama
26th Dec NO OPEN EVENING THIS WEEK N/A
2019
Date Talk Title Speaker Group Booking Weather No. of Visitors Handout Video
2nd Jan NO OPEN EVENING THIS WEEK N/A
9th Jan Colin DeGraf
16th Jan Shelford and Stapleford Scouts
23rd Jan
30th Jan 5th Soham Brownies
6th Feb Nic Walton 1st Papworth Cub Scouts
13th Feb
20th Feb *** Half Term ***
27th Feb
6th Mar
13th Mar *** Cambridge Science Festival ***
20th Mar The future of lunar exploration Carolin Crawford *** Cambridge Science Festival ***