Astronomy in the City
Please note that due to restricted space, only a limited number of visitors are able to visit the Observatory at each event.
Our next Astronomy in the City event is Wednesday March 8th 2017, 5:30 pm–10 pm. Booking essential!
Each Astronomy in the City event will feature a talk on a different astrophysical topic connected to the research done at the University of Birmingham. This month, Alberto Sesana will talk about the Universe's biggest black holes.
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Astronomy in the City is aimed at secondary
school age and above (Year 7+). Younger children are welcome
to attend the talks/observing on campus, but for safety reasons are not allowed
to visit the Observatory.
Observing on Campus
All visitors are invited to join members of AstroSoc and BAS to observe with their portable telescopes from Chancellor's Court in the heart of our Edgbaston campus from 7:15pm.
Small groups of visitors will also be able to use AstroSoc's Grubb Telescope on the roof of the Poynting Building, subject to under-18's being accompanied by an adult.
Visiting the Observatory
Due to safety considerations, children must be in Year 7 or higher to attend the Observatory tours. All under-18s must be accompanied by an adult.
We can accommodate small groups of up to 8–10 visitors at a time at our Observatory, and can run 3 or 4 trips per evening. Unfortunately this means that a maximum of 24 people will be able to visit the Observatory. Visitors can enter a ballot on arrival at the event, and those drawn will be allocated a place on a scheduled shuttle service. Each trip will be approximately 1.5 hours, with the last shuttle to returning to campus at approximately 10 pm.
Where to Find Us
The talks and refreshments will be held in the Poynting Physics Building (R13 on the campus map), with telescopes in nearby Chancellor's Court. The University's website has directions to the Edgbaston campus and how to reach the Poynthing Physics Building; the lecture theatre, refreshments and demonstrations are on the second (S) floor.
Disabled access is readily available on campus; however, the Grubb and Observatory have limited access.
Admission is only available with a ticket, which can be booked for free from Eventbrite.
February Night Sky
Information about what you can see in the February night sky, as presented at our last event on January 25th 2017, is available as a PDF.
Talk presentations from previous events:
Astronomy in the City is brought to you in partnership with the University of Birmingham Astronomical Society, the Birmingham Astronomical Society, the Knowle Astronomical Society, Solihull School and Circles of Influence.