Space Lectures

Monthly 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.

Tickets

4:30pm lecture: £8

6:30pm lecture £10

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.

 Dates

Lectures run on the third Wednesday of the month unless detailed otherwise.

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18 September 2019 - A journey through the Universe and back

Dr. Francesco Shankar (University of Southampton)

Abstract: This evening we will take you on the longest journey of your life! From the solar neighbourhood, you’ll see how matter is structured around us from galaxies, groups, clusters, to the largest scales of the observable Universe. You’ll learn how astronomers catalogue galaxies, and how cosmologists are trying to pin down the nature of dark matter and the fate of the Universe. For the first time, you’ll experience an interactive view of the 3D Universe, and see how galaxies for and evolve through cosmic time.

The Lecturer: Dr. Francesco Shankar got his PhD in the International School for Advanced studies SISSA, Trieste, Italy. Research fellow at the Ohio State University Alexander von Humboldt Fellow at the Max Planck Institute Munich Marie Curie Fellow at the Observatoire de Paris Associate Professor since 2017 at the University of Southampton.


16 October 2019 - TBC

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20 November 2019 - How to heat up dark matter

Professor Justin Read (University of Surrey)

Abstract: Since its discovery by the Swiss astronomer Fritz Zwicky in the 1930's, dark matter has continued to capture the public imagination. It raises the velocity of stars and gas in galaxies, bends light around massive galaxy clusters and promotes the growth of structure in the Universe. In this talk, I will explain the key evidences for dark matter, and our latest theories for what it is. In particular, I will focus on new results from our group in Surrey that show that dark matter can be "heated up" and moved around at the centres of tiny "dwarf" galaxies. I show that this points to dark matter comprising a new particle of nature that remains to be found. I conclude with a discussion of the latest experiments that are trying to detect or create such a particle in the laboratory.

The Lecturer: Prof. Justin Read is Head of Physics at the University of Surrey. His main area of research is gravitational probes of dark matter, studying everything from the tiniest galaxies in the Universe, where we can measure how dark matter clusters on the smallest scales, to giant clusters of galaxies, where we can produce images of the distribution of dark matter using gravitational lensing.

Prof. Read completed his PhD in theoretical astrophysics at Cambridge University, UK in 2004. After a two-year postdoctoral research position, also in Cambridge, he moved to the University of Zürich to join the computational science group. In 2009, he joined the University of Leicester as a lecturer in theoretical astrophysics, and in October 2010 he was awarded an SNF assistant professorship at the ETH Zürich. In April 2013, he took up a full Chair at the University of Surrey. Prof. Read was awarded the 2013 MERAC Prize by the European Astronomical Society for his high impact research in computational astrophysics and cosmology. He is a fellow of the Institute of Physics and the Royal Physiographic Society of Lund.

 


18 December 2019 -TBC

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15 January 2020 - TBC

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12 February 2020 - TBC

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18 March 2020 - TBC

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22 April 2020 - TBC

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20 May 2020 - TBC

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17 June 2020 - TBC

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15 July 2020 - TBC

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4.30pm Space Lecture tickets include:
 
 

4.00pm 

Entry to upper exhibition and cafe

4.30pm

Lecture followed by Q&A and a short break

5.45pm

Planetarium show

6.00pm

Event ends


 

6.30pm Space Lecture tickets include:
 
 

5.00pm

Entry to upper exhibition and cafe

6.30pm

Lecture followed by Q&A and a short break

7.45pm

Planetarium show

8.00pm

Event ends, Science Centre closes

 

Wednesday 18 September
4:30pm
Wednesday 18 September
6:30pm
Wednesday 16 October
4:30pm
Wednesday 16 October
6:30pm
Wednesday 20 November
4:30pm
Wednesday 20 November
6:30pm
Wednesday 18 December
4:30pm
Wednesday 18 December
6:30pm
Wednesday 15 January
4:30pm
Wednesday 15 January
6:30pm
Wednesday 12 February
4:30pm
Wednesday 12 February
6:30pm
Wednesday 18 March
4:30pm
Wednesday 18 March
6:30pm
Wednesday 22 April
4:30pm
Wednesday 22 April
6:30pm
Wednesday 20 May
4:30pm
Wednesday 20 May
6:30pm
Wednesday 17 June
4:30pm
Wednesday 17 June
6:30pm
Wednesday 15 July
4:30pm
Wednesday 15 July
6:30pm
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Advisory

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