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Burlington House Courtyard Summer Late: Colours of Burlington House

Last Updated on Wednesday, 19 July 2017 17:24
Published on Wednesday, 19 July 2017 15:16

See the Burlington House Courtyard like never before and discover the six learned societies that reside here, furthering the study of art, history and science and sharing it with audiences around the world.

 

thumb Mary Proctor lantern slideLantern slide showing spectra of the Sun and stars which was used by Mary Proctor during her public lectures.

During this event on Friday 11 August 2017, visitors will be introduced to our special collections as we each explore the relationship of colour with art, history and science.

 

Each society has a unique programme to offer audiences of all ages!
Save the date and drop in to visit us this summer.

 

Join us at the RAS for a free talk on spectroscopy (Rainbow Astronomy), and visit our Library to discover how 19th-century pioneers like William and Margaret Huggins and other astronomers used new techniques in spectroscopy and photography to find out what stars are made of. The talks are available on a first come, first serve basis; our lecture theatre holds 100, however, our Library visits are limited to 25 per session.

 

18:00 - 18:20 Free Library Session
18:15 – 18:45 Free Rainbow Astronomy talk
18:30 - 18:50 Free Library session
19:00 - 19:20 Free Library Session
19:15 – 19:45 Free Rainbow Astronomy talk
19:30 - 19:50 Free Library Session
20:00 - 20:20 Free Library session
20:15 – 20:45 Free Rainbow Astronomy talk
20:30 - 20:50 Free Library session

 

Rainbow Astronomy, a 30 minute talk by Dr Jennifer Gupta, University of Portsmouth

 

Gazing at the night sky with our eyes or telescopes reveals twinkling stars and far away galaxies. But to fully understand the Universe around us, we need to manipulate light coming from these objects, splitting it into its components in the same way that water droplets can spread out the Sun's light into a rainbow. In this talk she will show and explain how astronomers do this to reveal the secrets of our Universe.

Dr Jen Gupta is an astrophysicist and science communicator based in the south of England. She is the SEPnet/Ogden Outreach Officer for the Institute of Cosmology and Gravitation at the University of Portsmouth, where her job is to ensure that the department's world class research is shared with the wider world. She also works in the planetarium at the Winchester Science Centre, and is the host of the Seldom Sirius podcast. Jen did her PhD at the Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics at the University of Manchester where she studied radio-loud active galactic nuclei. She was highly commended in the 2015 Asian Women of Achievement Young Achievers Award, and is featured in the RAS's portrait series of female Fellows.

 

 

Event details: https://www.ras.org.uk/component/gem/?id=509