Join us for stargazing, observing with portable telescopes, observatory visits to use our half metre telescope, talks from our experts about cutting edge astronomy research, and your chance to ask them anything about astronomy!
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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! This month, Carl-Johan Haster will be telling us about the most energetic explosions in the Universe.
Our future winter events are January 17th 2016 and March 9th 2016.
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Astronomy in the City events are strictly all ticket, and begin in the Poynting Building on our Edgbaston campus, within easy reach of local transport links.
5:30 pm Doors open
5:55 pm Observatory ballot closes
6:00 pm Welcome to the University of Birmingham Observatory
6:05 pm Exploring the Night Sky in November and December
6:20 pm Gamma-ray bursts
6:40 pm Ask our Experts your Astronomical Questions
7:00 pm Break for Refreshments
7:15 pm Observing
Astronomy in the City is aimed at secondary school age and above (Year 7+). Younger children are welcome to attend the talks/observing on campus, but for safety reasons are not allowed to visit the Observatory.
All under-18s must be accompanied by an adult.
Bookings by Teachers for Key Stage 2 (Students aged 7-11)
Bookings by Teachers for Key Stage 3 (Students aged 11-14)
Bookings by Teachers for Key Stage 4 (Students aged 14-16)
Bookings by Teachers for Key Stage 5 (Students aged 16-18)
Individuals (Enquiry not required to be through a school)
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