Think Space lectures

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Date and time: 
16th January, 6th February, 27th February, 20th March | 5.15-6.15pm
Adult £10.00 | Concessions £8.50 | Child £7.00 | 10% Member discount
Royal Observatory, Peter Harrison Planetarium
Talks & courses

Listen to astrophysicists from across the UK talk about cutting edge research in space science

This series of talks provides a rare opportunity for students to hear scientists from around the UK talk about the latest research in the fields of astronomy, physics, planetary geology and space exploration. It includes the opportunity to ask these experts questions about their research and the wider field of astronomy.
These talks are aimed at students between the ages of 13-18 but there are limited spaces for the public too.
Age: 11+


Tuesday 16th January

Stars: from dusty births to explosive deaths

Prof Raman Prinja, astrophysicist at University College London

Image of Crab Nebula (supernova remnant)

Our understanding of the evolution of stars represents one of the great scientific breakthroughs of the past 100 years, bridged by the work of several Nobel laureates.  Raman Prinja, Professor of Astrophysics at University College London, will present an overview of our modern understanding of stellar evolution, from the dusty birth of stars, and their nuclear-burning lives, to ultimate demise including supernova detonations, and the bizarre end-states.  The journey will also highlight the importance of outflows, the dispersal of life-giving chemical elements, and links to the recent detections of gravitational waves.

The talk will be illustrated with the latest superb imagery from powerful telescopes in space and on the ground.