Astronomy in the City - 9 March 2016

Large Lecture Theatre, Poynting Building
Engineering and Physical Sciences, Lectures Talks and Workshops, Research, Students, Teaching
Wednesday 9th March 2016 (17:30-19:15)
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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.

This year marks the 100th anniversary of Einstein's general relativity, our best theory of gravity. General relativity is central to much of modern astrophysics (including research we do here), explaining everything from black holes to the expansion of the Universe itself. To celebrate, each Astronomy in the City will feature a themed talk, covering an aspect of general relativity, including the most violent explosions in the Universe, the mysterious dark energy and Nature's biggest black holes. We hope you are as excited as we are!

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


  • 17:30 Doors open
  • 17:00 Observatory ballot closes
  • 18:00 Welcome to the University of Birmingham Observatory
  • 18:05 Exploring the Night Sky
  • 18:20 Einstein's greatest blunder?
  • 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 total of 32 visitors on the night; we will be running a lottery to allocate spaces.