We are celebrating 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.
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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.
We invite you to attend our programme of free public events, Astronomy in the City. 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!
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.
Please note that due to restricted space, only a limited number of visitors are able to visit the Observatory at each event.
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 January and February
6:20 pm - Supermassive black holes and the tidal disruption of stars
6:40 pm - Ask our Experts your Astronomical Questions
7:00 pm - Break for Refreshments
7:15 pm - Observing
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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