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PUBLIC LECTURES

The RAS hosts popular 45-minute lunch- or evening-time lectures for non-specialists, at which members of the public can listen to leading scientists talk about their work. Please note that attendance is on a first-come, first-served basis. There is no charge, and doors open 30 minutes before the start of each lecture.

Venue: Burlington House, Piccadilly, London W1J 0BQ, UK

London Underground: Green Park or Piccadilly Circus

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Open House
Date: 16 Sep 2017
Time: 10:00

Have you ever wondered what is in the RAS apartments at Burlington House? On Saturday 16 September 2017 we will be opening our doors to the public during Open House London and offering organised tours (no booking required) and children's science activities (booking required - see below). 

 

Open House Tour (no booking required):

Organised tours are scheduled for 10:00, 10:30 11:30, 12:00, 12:30, 14:00 14:30, 15:00,15:30, 16:00 and 16:30 on the day.


Each tour will be limited to a maximum of 25 people and places are allocated on a first come, first served basis on the day (we do not take bookings in advance).


RAS staff will be on hand to explain the architectural features of the building, the history of the society, and exhibit some of our fascinating artefacts. This will include some of the historically significant items in our library.

 

Children's Activities (booking required):

This year children's science activities will be taking place in our Lecture Theatre, and will include a comet forming demo, gravity demo, visits from astronomers past and making and launching paper rockets!

 

Children's science activity sessions will be running at 10:15, 11:15, 14:15 and 15:15. Places are limited to 30 children per session, and children must be accompanied by an adult (up to two adults per child).

 

To book a place in a children's activity session please email events@ras.org.uk with names and ages of children plus the number of adults attending.


Website: www.ras.org.uk




RAS Public Lecture: Photographing the Universe
Date: 10 Oct 2017
Time: 13:00

Photographing the Universe
Dr Marek Kukula, Public Astronomer, Royal Observatory Greenwich

 

(Venue: Geological Society Lecture Theatre - no booking required)

 

Technology and astronomy have always gone hand in hand, with advances in astronomical instrumentation revealing ever more astonishing views of the cosmos, while new scientific ideas and theories drive the development of ever more powerful tools for testing them. The revolutionary impact of the telescope on astronomy is a familiar story, but few people know how much photography and astronomy have influenced each other over the last two hundred years. From early drawings to the latest high-resolution digital images and from pin-hole cameras to the latest electronic detectors, this talk explores astronomy's long association with photography taking in science, technology, art and history on the way.

 

Dr Marek Kukula is the Public Astronomer, Royal Observatory Greenwich. He initially wanted to be a Time Lord when he grew up but settled on becoming an astronomer as the next most exciting thing. He obtained his PhD in Radio Astronomy at the University of Manchester's Jodrell Bank Observatory then carried out research into galaxies and black holes at a number of institutions including the University of Edinburgh and the Space Telescope Science Institute, home of the Hubble Space Telescope.

 

As the Public Astronomer at the Royal Observatory Greenwich he gives talks, curates exhibitions and liaises with scientists and the media. Marek is a judge on the Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition and was the curator of Visions of the Universe, a major exhibition on the history of astrophotography, held at Royal Museums Greenwich in 2013. He works with scientists, historians and artists to explore the cultural as well as the scientific impact of astronomical research, and is the author of The Intimate Universe and the co-author of The Scientific Secrets of Doctor Who, both published in 2015.




RAS Public Lecture: Photographing the Universe
Date: 10 Oct 2017
Time: 18:00

Photographing the Universe
Dr Marek Kukula, Public Astronomer, Royal Observatory Greenwich

 

(Venue: Royal Astronomical Society Lecture Theatre - booking via Eventbrite - booking opens end August 2017)

 

Technology and astronomy have always gone hand in hand, with advances in astronomical instrumentation revealing ever more astonishing views of the cosmos, while new scientific ideas and theories drive the development of ever more powerful tools for testing them. The revolutionary impact of the telescope on astronomy is a familiar story, but few people know how much photography and astronomy have influenced each other over the last two hundred years. From early drawings to the latest high-resolution digital images and from pin-hole cameras to the latest electronic detectors, this talk explores astronomy's long association with photography taking in science, technology, art and history on the way.

 

Dr Marek Kukula is the Public Astronomer, Royal Observatory Greenwich. He initially wanted to be a Time Lord when he grew up but settled on becoming an astronomer as the next most exciting thing. He obtained his PhD in Radio Astronomy at the University of Manchester's Jodrell Bank Observatory then carried out research into galaxies and black holes at a number of institutions including the University of Edinburgh and the Space Telescope Science Institute, home of the Hubble Space Telescope.

 

As the Public Astronomer at the Royal Observatory Greenwich he gives talks, curates exhibitions and liaises with scientists and the media. Marek is a judge on the Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition and was the curator of Visions of the Universe, a major exhibition on the history of astrophotography, held at Royal Museums Greenwich in 2013. He works with scientists, historians and artists to explore the cultural as well as the scientific impact of astronomical research, and is the author of The Intimate Universe and the co-author of The Scientific Secrets of Doctor Who, both published in 2015.