Think Space lectures

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Date and time: 
15th October, 12th November
Adult £12.00 | Students (including university) FREE
Royal Observatory, Peter Harrison Planetarium
Observatory lectures
10% members discount

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. University students must provide valid student ID and all free student tickets must be booked in advance. 
Age: 11+

Upcoming Lectures

15th October 2019

Radio Waves from Massive Stars

Holly Andrews (University College London)

Radio Waves from Massive Stars, a Think Space talk by Holly Andrews

A star’s life is defined by how much mass it has. We can consider the various stages of a stars life, from the birth of stars in stellar nurseries to the death of the star. Massive stars are at least 8 times as large as our Sun, and will end their lives in an explosive supernovae, with the most massive stars becoming a black hole. Join PhD Researcher Holly Andrews as they show how we can use radio waves emitted by the winds of these massive stars in order to see how much material is lost by the stars, and how this can impact both the star and its surrounding environment.


12th November 2019

Our Explosive Sun

Ryan French (Mullard Space Science Laboratory, University College London)

Coronal Mass Ejection - a Think Space lecture by Ryan French

Our Sun is a highly active and dynamic place. With a surface temperature of over 5000°C, it is constantly churning and throwing material off into deep space, guided by its powerful magnetic field. Flares, prominences and even vast coronal mass ejections are common place and lead to a kind of space weather affecting the wider solar system. PhD Researcher Ryan French takes us on a journey to our very own star to understand its complex and often violent nature, and how it can affect us here on Earth!