Winter Talks

The programme for 2014-2015 starts on Monday 27th October 2014.

Talks run on Monday evenings from 7:30pm-8:30pm, in the Royal Observatory Edinburgh Lecture Theatre. Booking is not required for the talks, and tickets can be bought on the door. Season tickets will be available from the start of the series.

Tickets: £3 for adults, £1.50 for children/concessions. Season tickets: £20 for adults, £10 for children/concessions.

If you would like a paper copy of the programme, please email us at vis@roe.ac.uk with your postal address and we will send one out to you (we do not share our mailing list with any other organisations).

2014 - 2015 Programme

 

Monthly ‘What’s Up?’ Talks – putting the science into stargazing. A monthly guide to the night sky, including a round-up of recent astronomical news and the science behind what you are seeing. Feel free to bring questions along with you. Each of these talks will be BSL interpreted.

Beth Biller
Weird New Worlds around Other Stars
12th January 2015

With literally thousands of exoplanet candidates discovered to date, we now know of a few relatively Earth-like worlds, and many, many more planets very different from those in our own solar system! Discover what we know already about these worlds and what we will be learning in the next decades as new and more advanced telescopes come online.

Rita Tojeiro
Mapping Our place in the Universe
19th January 2015

Showing the latest maps produced by teams around the world, Rita will reveal how astronomers are using these maps to explore the visible and the invisible components of the Universe, and how the most special thing about our place in the Universe is that it is not special at all.

Ali, Martin, Will
What's Up?
26th January 2015

Putting the science into stargazing. A monthly guide to the night sky, including a round-up of recent astronomical news and the science behind what you are seeing. Feel free to bring questions along with you. Each of these talks will be BSL interpreted.

Vinod Arumugam
APEX: Observing the Universe from the roof of the World
2nd February 2015

Opening a window into the cold, dusty and distant Universe, APEX is set at one of the highest observing points in the world. Discover how APEX operates and the observations it carries out at a submm level.

David Nisbet
Active Galactic Nuclei: The Control Mechanisms of Galaxies
9th February 2015

Explore our understanding of black holes that are in a growth phase. Active galactic nuclei are not mere passive bystanders in the evolution of their host galaxy, but release huge amounts of energy, which can impact on the host galaxy.

Alasdair Thomson
The Most Extreme Starburst Galaxies in the Universe
16th February 2015

Studying distant starburst galaxies, important probes of galaxy evolution through cosmic time, requires the development of specialist submm and radio telescopes. Alasdair will highlight the central role the UK (and in particular, Edinburgh) has played in the development of this field.

Ali, Martin, Will
What's Up?
23rd February 2015

Putting the science into stargazing. A monthly guide to the night sky, including a round-up of recent astronomical news and the science behind what you are seeing. Feel free to bring questions along with you. Each of these talks will be BSL interpreted.

David Pearson
Why Astronomers Need Engineers
2nd March 2015

Astronomers are an ambitious bunch, and the problem comes when they have to get a new instrument developed. Dave will show how astronomers keep the engineers on their toes, and how their fascinating ideas provide fascinating challenges down here on Earth.

Rebecca Bowler
Where are we? 9 discoveries that have helped us find our place in the Universe
9th March 2015

Over the past 500 years, our view of the Universe has changed enormously. This talk will discuss some of the key scientific breakthroughs that have dramatically changed our answer to the question: ‘Where are we?'.

Russell Eberst
In the Shadow of the Moon
16th March 2015

On Friday, March 20, the U.K. experiences a large solar eclipse. What can we expect to see, and how can we prepare for a sight that won't be repeated here till 2026? If you're in the dark, let Russell throw some light on the subject.

Clive Davenhall
The History of the Royal Observatory Edinburgh
23rd March 2015

A look back in time at the important role of the Royal Observatory Edinburgh in the development of modern astronomy.

Ali, Martin, Will
What's Up?
30th March 2015

Putting the science into stargazing. A monthly guide to the night sky, including a round-up of recent astronomical news and the science behind what you are seeing. Feel free to bring questions along with you. Each of these talks will be BSL interpreted.


Previous Talks This Season

Beginners Guide to Stargazing
27th October 2014

Have you ever wondered what that bright object in the sky is? Or how to find your favourite galaxy in the night sky? Al, Martin and William will introduce you to the fundamentals of stargazing. This talk is being repeated on 18th November, please see above for details.

Heather Campbell
Gaia: the Billion star surveyor
3rd November 2014

Launched last year, Gaia aims to give us the most precise 3D map of our galaxy, detecting not just stars, but also asteroids, comets and other celestial bodies. Heather will give an overview of the mission so far.

Pratika Dayal
The Dark Side of the Universe
10th November 2014

The standard model of cosmology tells us that the Universe is mostly made up of ‘Dark Matter’. What is the nature of this Dark Matter? Where is it? How did it shape the Universe, and are there any possibilities that we will ever see it?

Hugh Mortimer
The Colour of the Exoplanet
17th November 2014

We use light to search for the planets that lie many, many light years away from the solar system that we live in. By analysing the colour of this light that we can look for the subtle clues that point to whether these exoplanets harbour life.

Ali, Martin, Will
What's Up?
24th November 2014

Putting the science into stargazing. A monthly guide to the night sky, including a round-up of recent astronomical news and the science behind what you are seeing. Feel free to bring questions along with you. Each of these talks will be BSL interpreted.

Colin Cunningham
Practice makes precision
1st December 2014

Astronomical instruments have evolved from the 16th century, to the present day, as astronomers have made more and more precise measurements. Discover some of the critical steps in the evolution of precision engineering for optical and infrared astronomy, see some of the solutions now in development, and speculate how photonic technologies will enable future progress.

Annette Ferguson
Cannibals and Ghosts: A Look at the Tumultuous Lives of Galaxies
8th December 2014

It’s often thought that galaxies change their shape and size over time by gravitationally interacting with their nearest neighbours. Giant galaxies gobble up smaller galaxies, producing ghostly remnants as long stellar streamers. Discover examples in both our Milky Way and nearby galaxies, and how observations help us to understand the properties and histories of galaxies.

Ali, Martin, Will
What's Up?
15th December 2014

Putting the science into stargazing. A monthly guide to the night sky, including a round-up of recent astronomical news and the science behind what you are seeing. Feel free to bring questions along with you. Each of these talks will be BSL interpreted.