Events for
13 January 2019    -    20 March 2019
22 January 2019
  • Prof Brad Gibson. Wonders of the Universe. A TripAdvisor top 10 Countdown

    07:15pm   to    09:30pm

    In this light hearted talk Prof. Gibson chooses his favourite astronomical objects and discusses why they are important. 

    Professor Brad Gibson is the Head of Physics and Director of the E.A. Milne Centre for Astrophysics
    at the University of Hull.  Brad completed his MSc and PhD at the University of British Columbia,
    building the worlds  first Liquid Mirror Telescope Observatory and designing software to map the
    distribution of the chemical elements throughout the Universe.

    Brad was responsible for using exploding stars to determine the expansion rate of the Universe, as
    part of the Hubble Space Telescope Key Project on the Extragalactic Distance Scale, for which the
    team was awarded the Gruber Prize in Cosmology.
    He was the first to identify the locations within the Milky Way most likely to harbour complex
    biological life, for which his work was named by National Geographic magazine as one of the top 10
    news stories of the year.

05 February 2019
  • Rod Hind. Gravity Waves: From Newton to LIGO and beyond

    07:15pm   to    09:30pm

    The first direct detection of gravity waves was announced in early 2016. In this talk I trace our ideas
    about gravity from Isaac Newton’s “classical theory” that still dominates our everyday experiences
    through to Einstein’s General Relativity and its implications. General Relativity allowed astronomers
    to understand the history of our expanding universe and provides the refinements needed to make
    GPS accurate but the prediction of gravity waves remained enigmatic and extremely difficult to
    verify. The recent discovery is just the first step to exploring a whole spectrum of gravity waves that
    may well give us a view of the “Big Bang” itself. Includes some demonstrations and audience

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 STELLARIUM - Probably the best free planetarium program around!



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Fancy building a telescope from scratch?

Or how about a cardboard steam engine!

Have a go at a cardboard newtonian. 



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