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Royal Observatory, Peter Harrison Planetarium
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Time: 5.15–6.15pm
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A rare opportunity to hear astrophysicists talk about the latest research in the fields of astronomy, physics, planetary geology and space exploration.

Students are invited to attend a telescope session after the lecture, during which they can ask all of their astronomy-related questions and practise their stargazing skills.

Where do these lectures take place?

Lectures take place on selected Tuesday evenings in the Peter Harrison Planetarium at the Royal Observatory Greenwich from 17:15 – 18:15. The telescope session starts after the lecture and ends at 18:50.

When do these lectures take place?

In the 2017/18 academic year we will have lectures on: 3rd October 2017, 21st November 2017, 16th January 2018, 6th February 2018, 27th February 2018 and 20th March 2018.

How do I book?

We offer a limited number of free tickets for school age visitors aged 13 and over. To book your free tickets for schools, please contact Dhara.

I missed a lecture, do you record them so I can watch it back?

We don't record the lecture live but we do record a special podcast with each speaker. Listen to previous Think Space speakers talk about their career background and research in our Career Choices podcasts on SoundCloud here.


Tuesday 21st November

Think Universe!: The relevance of science in modern culture.

Dr Francisco Diego, astrophysicist and senior research fellow at University College London

Image of Evolution of the Universe

This lecture starts with a review of the most imaginative myths of creation, some of which still dominate part of our culture. Then we explore the discoveries of modern science about the true nature of the Universe, from its simple and still mysterious origin, to the complexity and diversity around us today. We follow the cosmic time line from its very beginning to the development of planet Earth and its living environment.

Science deciphers Nature's powerful messages about a single human family that emerged and migrated from central Africa to populate the entire planet in only a few thousand years. Nature brings alive the wisdom of our ancestors, searching for new ways of living, in harmony with each other and preserving the fragile paradise that has always been our home.

Tuesday 3rd October

When stars grow up: How do rocky, habitable planets form?

Emily Drabek-Maunder, astrophysicist at Cardiff University

Image of planet in Kepler-20 star system

When we look up at the night sky, there is something vital to human nature that wants to know if we are not alone in the Universe.  Recent research in astronomy has continued to stoke our curiosities, where thousands of exoplanets have now been observed with telescopes.  Even though these exoplanets seem common, one of the biggest mysteries in astronomy is how rocky exoplanets form in the first place.  In this talk, we’ll hear how small but mighty dust grains in space come together to form rocky (and habitable) planets and how UK-based telescopes are being used to watch these planets as they form.