Astronomy in the City 2017

Poynting Building Large Lecture Theatre
Engineering and Physical Sciences, Lectures Talks and Workshops, Students
Wednesday 18th October 2017 (17:30-19:30)
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Join us for another instalment of the popular Astronomy in the City. Learn about astrophysics and astronomy with talks on this month's night sky and current research; a question and answer session with our friendly expert panel, and the chance to observe (weather permitting) with the Astronomy Society's portable telescopes and the University's historic Grubb telescope.

A lucky few will have the opportunity to visit the University's Observatory and see its half-metre telescope too.

Each Astronomy in the City event will feature a talk on a different astrophysical topic connected to the research done at the University of Birmingham. This month, we will have an update on the latest gravitational-wave discoveries from our LIGO team.

Cost: Free (but booking is essential)

Location: Large Lecture Theatre, Poynting Building. Building R13 on campus map


• 17:30 - Doors open
• 17:55 - Observatory ballot closes
• 18:00 - Welcome to the University of Birmingham Observatory
• 18:05 - Exploring the Night Sky
• 18:20 - Gravitational-wave astronomy—News from LIGO
• 18:40 - Ask-the-expert
• 19:00 - Break for refreshments
• 19:15 - Observing

All levels of astronomical knowledge (of lack thereof) are welcome; the event is aimed at secondary school age and above (year 7+). Younger children are welcome to attend the activities on campus, but for safety reasons are not allowed to visit the Observatory.

All under-18s must be accompanied by an adult. Due to limited space at the Observatory we can only accommodate a maximum of 24–30 visitors on the night; we will be running a lottery to allocate spaces. Each trip lasts about 1.5 hours and the last trip will return about 22:00.