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 event is Wednesday October 14th 2015, 6–10pm. Booking essential!
This year marks 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, Christopher Berry will be introducing Einstein's greatest idea.
Our winter events are November 25th 2015, January 17th 2016 and March 9th 2016. Please join our mailing list to keep up to date.
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 upto 8 visitors at a time at our Observatory, and can run 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.
March Night Sky
Information about what you can see in the March night sky, as presented at our previous event on March 25th 2015, is available here.
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.