Talks & Courses

Astrophotography Day Course

Led by an astronomer at the Royal Observatory Greenwich, course participants will get all the information they need to get started shooting the night sky with a DSLR camera on tripod. This includes details of the type of kit required, how to plan the shoot with freely available software and apps, instructions on the methods for shooting, processing methods for the images to get the most out of them and finally going beyond the DSLR alone to combine with a telescope to capture more specific targets like the Moon, Sun and deep sky objects.

Spectral Power film screening

Artist Phil Coy presents a contemplative full-dome short film, born out of conversations with scientists from the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory. Alongside Royal Museums Greenwich astronomers and curators they will discuss the project across art and science. The event will include the use of the planetarium to show how our maps of the Universe can appear quite different when seen from afar as opposed to our Earthbound perspective. Various speakers will help couch the film piece in the context of finding new ways to interpret data by approaching it from different perspectives.

Flamsteed Lecture: The Volatile Universe

To the casual observer, the heavens may seem rather unchanging: the steady procession of the constellations as the Earth spins on its path around the Sun, punctuated by the wandering of the planets, the regular cycle of the Moon and the occasional spectacular appearance of a comet. To the more discerning observer though, the sky is far from steady. Indeed with the advantage of modern technology, the Universe is remarkably volatile. In this talk, Tim will discuss some current examples of how the Universe continues to surprise us on timescales ranging from years to fractions of a second.

Universe Unseen

After giving a short primer talk on each of their topics (including the hunt for dark matter, the detection of gravitational waves and using light our eyes can't detect to study galaxies), the panel will assemble to discuss how you can make the invisible, visible and what the challenges and rewards are in doing this. All in all there is definitely more to this event than meets the eye!

Age 14+

Speakers: Dr. Tessa Baker (University of Oxford), Joanna Ramasawmy (University of Hertfordshire), Prof. Jocelyn Monroe (Royal Holloway)

Queen’s House Lecture Series: Remarkable Women

Spanning the Elizabethan and Victorian Ages, follow the lives of five extraordinary women – matriarch and entrepreneur Bess of Hardwick, poet and writer Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, local Deptford businesswoman Mary Slade, antiquarian collector Sarah Sophia Banks, world traveller Annie Russell-Cotes and the explorer and archaeologist Gertrude Bell

1 March

The harem and the veil: Lady Mary Wortley Montagu and the Ottoman Empire – Christine Riding, Royal Museums Greenwich

Think Space lectures

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 20th March

Our Dynamic Sun


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