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.
Special Event Gravitational Waves - on Wednesday 17 February 2016 6:30pm Book here
This Gravitational Wave Special celebrates the discovery of gravitational waves 100 years after Albert Einstein's prediction and the beginning of a new era of astronomy. As part of the global LIGO Scientific Collaboration, scientists from the University of Birmingham have confirmed a major prediction of Einstein’s theory of general relativity through the detection of gravitational waves!
We are delighted to present you with an opportunity to hear from our key academics who have been at the forefront of developing the new field of gravitational-wave astronomy. Learn about gravitational waves, Einstein's theory of gravity, black holes and how this discovery will change our understanding of the Universe. There will also be a question-and-answer session where you can ask the experts anything you want to know about gravitational waves! We hope you are as excited about the detection – and our event – as we are!
Our next Astronomy in the City event is Wednesday March 9th 2016, 5:30 pm–10 pm. Booking essential!
We are celebrating the 100th anniversary of Einstein's general relativity, our best theory of gravity. General relativity is central to much of modern astrophysics (including research we do here), explaining everything from black holes to the expansion of the Universe itself. To celebrate, each Astronomy in the City will feature a themed talk, covering an aspect of general relativity, including the most violent explosions in the Universe, the mysterious dark energy and Nature's biggest black holes. We hope you are as excited as we are! This month, Graham Smith will be talking about dark energy.
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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 32 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
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 27th 2016, 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.