We are pleased to share with Members a series of digital lectures exploring Astronomy - in honour of the announcement of the winners of the Insight Investment Astronomy Competition of the Year 2020.

Black Holes: The Small, The Medium and the XXL

A Lecture by Dr Greg Brown

Black holes are weird. Their nature is remarkably simple, yet the science surrounding them is unbelievably complicated and their effects on the Universe around them range from the bizarre to the devastating.

They have been studied extensively since their discovery, and yet much remains that we simply don’t know about them.

In this talk, Dr Greg Brown from the Royal Observatory will discuss the different types of black holes we have found, and those we are yet to discover, and see how astronomers are working to understand them and their origins – from the “tiny” stellar mass black holes, to the behemoths of the Universe lurking in the cores of every large galaxy we look at.

Recorded live on 17 August 2020 via Zoom Webinar.

Thank you to the Flamsteed Astronomy Society for sharing this lecture. If you are interested in Joining the Flamsteed Astronomy Society, please contact the Membership Office. 

Note – Since this lecture LIGO researchers have detected gravitational waves that would suggest the collision and merging of two small black holes to form an intermediate mass black hole. Read more about this discovery

Uncovered: Behind the Lens of Insight Investment Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2020

A lecture by Dr Greg Brown and Patricia Skelton

Join Royal Observatory Greenwich Astronomers Dr Greg Brown and Patricia Skelton for in-depth look at Insight Investment Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2020.

Learn about astronomical phenomena, hear about the science of the stars and delve into the techniques used to capture our night sky.

Recorded live on Monday 14 September 2020.

Insight Investment Astronomy Photographer of the Year Awards Ceremony 2020

Join comedian Jon Culshaw and Royal Museums Greenwich Senior Manager of Public Astronomy Dr Emily Draubek-Maunder for the Insight Investment Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2020 Live Awards Ceremony.

Streamed live on Thursday 10 September 2020 at 6.30pm from Royal Observatory Greenwich.