Space Lectures

Monthly adult evening lectures, each followed by a short planetarium show.

These Wednesday lectures are aimed at a level a little above most popular science lectures, so come prepared to exercise your brain and learn the science behind the headlines. The speakers are chosen from the best academic speakers in the UK, with a talent for explaining difficult concepts and the knowledge to give the very latest news from the research community. 

Although the primary audience is adults, older children are also welcome to attend.


4:30pm lecture £8/£6

6:30pm lecture £10/£8  

Multiple bookings: 5-for-4 ticket offer for phone or in-person bookings only. You must book all five tickets at the same time, specifying all dates and times. The cheapest ticket is free. 

Groups of 15 people or more from recognised organisations can save 20% off the ticket prices for this event (offer also applies to After Dark and Saturday Night at the Planetarium). Please visit the groups page for further information.


Lectures run on the second Wednesday of the month, except for April 2017 (fourth Wednesday). Click the title for further information:

10 May 2017 - Euclid: a space mission to map the dark Universe

Dr Dida Markovic (University of Portsmouth)

Lecture: The Euclid space telescope, with a planned launch in late 2020, will use its two instruments to observe the optical and infra-red light across nearly half the sky. It will image and measure the redshifts of millions of distant galaxies in order to catalogue them, their properties and their spatial distribution. From the apparent distortion of galaxy shapes we will measure the gravitational lensing caused by dark matter mass bending the space through which light travels. By looking at the tendency of galaxies to cluster, we will search for the remnants of giant acoustic bubbles from the early universe. Using them as a 'standard ruler', we will study the history of expanding space and therefore the history of cosmic gravity. With these two nearly independent measures of the topography of our space-time, we will attempt to unveil the nature of gravity, dark matter and dark energy.

Dida Markovic is a postdoc at the University of Portsmouth, working on Euclid, a mission to map the geometry of the dark Universe. She has obtained her PhD with the International Max Planck Research School in February 2013 in the Physical Cosmology group at the Ludwig-Maximillian University in Munich, on ‘Constraining Cosmology in the Non-linear Domain: Warm Dark Matter.’ Her research interests include large scale structure, cosmic shear and warm dark matter.


14 June 2017 - When Galaxies Collide

Professor Carolin Crawford (University of Cambridge)

Lecture: There is a whole Universe of galaxies out there, displaying a wide variety of shapes, sizes and colours. I shall be talking about those 'peculiar' galaxies that appear very different from their mainstream counterparts - galaxies which have been pulled together and then pulled apart by gravity to make some of the most spectacular deep sky objects. I shall discuss the toll that such an encounter exerts on an individual galaxy's properties, and the wider implications of the phenomenon.

Carolin Crawford is Public Astronomer at the Institute of Astronomy and Fellow of Emmanuel College, University of Cambridge, Emeritus Gresham Professor of Astronomy and one of Britain's foremost science communicators. Professor Crawford’s primary research interests are in combining observations from different wavebands to study the physical processes occurring around massive galaxies at the core of clusters of galaxies - in particular, how they relate to the central supermassive black hole.


12 July 2017 - The Medical Implications of Space Flight

Steven Cutts FRCS

Lecture: In this talk doctor Cutts talks about how the human body reacts to the environment of outer space and the threats and the dangers faced by astronauts in both low earth orbit and in any future interplanetary missions.

Steven Cutts is a doctor and science writer based in Norwich. He studied physics at imperial college and medicine at St Thomas'. His futuristic science fiction novel Viking Village is set on the planet Mars. He has now given more than 50 science lectures around the country.


4.30pm Space Lecture tickets include:


Entry to upper exhibition and cafe


Lecture followed by Q&A and a short break


Planetarium show


Event ends.


6.30pm Space Lecture tickets include:


Entry to upper exhibition and cafe


Lecture followed by Q&A and a short break


Planetarium show


Event ends, Science Centre closes


Space Lectures are a fundraising event for Winchester Science Centre.

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Visual warning: as with all planetarium shows, the show after the lecture includes large moving images which may affect people with photosensitive epilepsy, balance disorders and/or extreme motion sickness.