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Date and time: 
14th January, 4th February, 3rd March, 31st March
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: 14+

Upcoming Lectures


31st March 2020

The untimely ends of stars

Dr Gregory Brown (Royal Observatory Greenwich)



Not much can ruin a star’s day. With typical lifespans up to ten trillion years in duration, it is rare that a star need worry about its future. That is, unless it is unlucky. In this talk, Dr Greg Brown will discuss the small fraction of stars that come to their ends too soon as they come face to face with the single most massive objects in the Universe: supermassive black holes. We’ll uncover how these chance encounters, called tidal disruption flares, can reveal secrets about these mysterious behemoths, even helping us understand how galaxies form and evolve.