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This is an archive of all IoA public talks, going back to 2004. If you're searching for a particular talk, you can use the search box below to filter the talks between a particular range of dates.

Date Title Speaker Group Booking Weather Number of Visitors Weekly Handout Video
4th Dec 2019 Cosmic collisions and the fate of the Milky Way Mallory Thorp Cambourne Village College Clear 148 PDF icon 4_dec_2019.pdf
27th Nov 2019 Struggling with the stragglers Nina Sartorio 2nd Cambourne Scouts Cloudy 127 PDF icon 27_nov_2019.pdf watch
20th Nov 2019 Music of the Spheres - The Connection between Music and Astronomy Nicole Pawellek 1st St Michaels Mead Scouts Clear 153 PDF icon 20_nov_2019.pdf watch
13th Nov 2019 Supermassive Black Holes - a tale of galactic giants Joanna Piotrowska 2nd Cambridge Cub Scouts Partially Clear 178 PDF icon 13_nov_2019.pdf
6th Nov 2019 100 Years of Gravitational Lensing Matt Auger 1st Ely Scouts Raining 89 PDF icon 6_nov_2019.pdf watch
30th Oct 2019 The Skeleton of our Universe Cora Uhlemann Clear 142 PDF icon 30_oct_2019.pdf watch
23rd Oct 2019 Are we alone? Robin Catchpole (HALF TERM) Cloudy 162 PDF icon 23_oct_2019.pdf
16th Oct 2019 Fast Radio Bursts Anastasia Fialkov 1st Comberton Cubs and Beavers Clear 123 PDF icon 16_oct_2019.pdf Watch
9th Oct 2019 The biggest galaxy in the Universe? Matt Bothwell Clear 156 PDF icon 8_oct_2019.pdf
2nd Oct 2019 A brief history of the Universe Sergio Martin Alvarez Clear 127
20th Mar 2019 The future of lunar exploration Carolin Crawford Science Festival Partially Clear 184 watch
13th Mar 2019 Life on Mars? Exploring 200 Years of Our Fascination with the Red Planet Josh Nall Science Festival Clear 265 watch
6th Mar 2019 Discovering New Worlds with Europe's Gaia and PLATO Space Missions Nic Walton Evergreen Elfins Cloudy 102
27th Feb 2019 How to grow a massive star Nina Sartorio Clear 226 watch
20th Feb 2019 Telescopes as Time Machines Anton Baleato Lizancos (HALF TERM) Partially Clear 210 watch
13th Feb 2019 Why I haven't been to space Zephyr Penoyre 12th Cambridge Beaver Colony Clear 204 watch
6th Feb 2019 Are we alone? Robin Catchpole 1st Papworth Cub Scouts Cloudy 152
30th Jan 2019 'Oumuamua, interstellar traveller Carolin Crawford 5th Soham Brownies Clear 146 watch
23rd Jan 2019 How far away are the stars? Matt Bothwell 1st Newport (Essex) Scouts Clear 149 watch
16th Jan 2019 Challenging Einstein with gravitational lensing Alessio Spurio Mancini Shelford and Stapleford Scouts Partially Clear 106 watch
9th Jan 2019 The First Supermassive Black Holes: Where did they come from and how did they get so big? Colin DeGraf Beal High School Cloudy 104 watch
19th Dec 2018 You are what you eat: what can the chemistry of a planet tell us about its origins? Mihkel Kama Cloudy 84 watch
12th Dec 2018 Mysterious Fast Radio Bursts (FRBs) Anastasia Fialkov Cloudy 114
5th Dec 2018 A journey from your backyard to the stars Ghina Halabi Raining 71 watch
28th Nov 2018 Hidden Monsters: Supermassive Black Holes Lurking in the Dust Manda Banerji 2nd St Neots scouts Raining 84 watch
21st Nov 2018 Tales of Exploding Stars Avishai Gilkis 7th Royston Barkway Cubs Clear 162 watch
14th Nov 2018 How Supermassive Black Holes Talk to Their Host Galaxies Martin Bourne Soham Brigades Clear 223 watch
7th Nov 2018 Mapping the Galaxy with Gaia Francesca De Angeli 1st Stukeley Meadows Cubs Partially Clear 117 watch
31st Oct 2018 The Birth and Death of Stars Robin Catchpole Cloudy 117 watch
24th Oct 2018 Where are the Aliens? Ryan MacDonald (HALF TERM) Clear 284 watch
17th Oct 2018 Galactic mega-cities: A short story on galaxy clusters Catrina Diener 1st Caxton Brownies Partially Clear 98 watch
10th Oct 2018 Touching the Sun Carolin Crawford Jeremiah Scout group Clear 216 watch
3rd Oct 2018 What on Earth is dark energy? Matt Bothwell 3rd Saffron Walden Brownies Clear 171 watch
21st Mar 2018 Galactic Archaeology with Stellar Surveys Anna Hourihane Science Festival
14th Mar 2018 Historical observations of supernova explosions in our Galaxy Dave Green Science Festival Cloudy 151
7th Mar 2018 Cooking up planets in protoplanetary discs John Ilee 1st Cambourne Beaver Scouts Clear 188
28th Feb 2018 What's on the menu of supermassive black holes Thomas Wevers 16th Cambridge Scouts Cloudy 91
21st Feb 2018 Peering back to the dawn of time with the Atacama Large Millimetre Array Renske Smit 1st Hemingford’s cub pack Partially Clear 144
14th Feb 2018 The first lights of the Universe and the world’s largest radio telescope Eloy de Lera Acedo (HALF TERM) Raining 83
7th Feb 2018 The Discovery of Ultraluminous X-ray Pulsars Dom Walton The Partridge Group Clear 143
31st Jan 2018 Light and Colour in the Universe Robin Catchpole 1st Meldreth brownies Clear 330
24th Jan 2018 Telescopes the Size of the Universe Matthew Auger Hitchin Priory Rotary Club Clear 128
17th Jan 2018 The biggest galaxy in the Universe? Matt Bothwell 3rd Ely Scouts Cloudy 186
10th Jan 2018 Where Did We All Come From Craig Mackay Cloudy 89
20th Dec 2017 Visit the Menagerie of Extreme Worlds! Mihkel Kama Cloudy 90
13th Dec 2017 How to make an Earth Amy Bonsor Beal High school astronomy club Cloudy 101
6th Dec 2017 Exploring the dark universe with Einstein’s telescope Nick Bate Magellan Explorers Cloudy 133
29th Nov 2017 The birthplaces of planets Dominika Boneberg Partially Clear 110
22nd Nov 2017 The Dark Universe Ricardo Chavez 26th Cambridge cubs Cloudy 170
15th Nov 2017 How do you measure the distances of stars? Floor van Leeuwen 1st Steeple Morden Guides Cloudy 155
8th Nov 2017 The Phoenix Cluster Helen Russell Partially Clear 145
1st Nov 2017 A random walk through accreting black holes Will Alston Neale Wade academy school group Partially Clear 175
25th Oct 2017 The inferno world with titanium skies Ryan MacDonald (HALF TERM) Partially Clear 225
18th Oct 2017 What's all the fuss about gravitational waves? Carolin Crawford 1st St Michaels Mead Scout troop Cloudy 165
11th Oct 2017 Exploring the astronomical world Paul Murdin 29th Cambridge cubs Cloudy 155
4th Oct 2017 A beginner’s guide to the Big Bang Matt Bothwell Gateway cubs Cloudy 130 PDF icon handout_04-10-17.pdf
29th Mar 2017 Rivers of stars in the Milky Way Thomas de Boer Cloudy 165
22nd Mar 2017 A better solar system? Amaury Triaud 1st Cambourne scouts Cloudy 135
15th Mar 2017 The top 10 ways to die in space Michael Parker 1st Warboys scouts Clear 250
8th Mar 2017 Galactic Cannibalism Kathryn Johnston 12th Cambridge scouts Clear 171
1st Mar 2017 How do we really know the age of the universe? Sonali Shukla 1st St Neot's Scouts Raining 150
22nd Feb 2017 Asteroids and impacts - should we worry? Robin Catchpole 1st Cambourne cubs Raining 115
15th Feb 2017 Astrophysics for Super-villains Scott Thomas (HALF TERM) Raining 190
8th Feb 2017 Black holes: Where do they come from, and where are they now? Colin deGraf 1st Littleport Scout Troop Cloudy 159
1st Feb 2017 How far are the Seven Sisters? Thomas Maedler Pupils from King's Ely School Cloudy 92
25th Jan 2017 Alien Megastructures or a Cloud of Comets? Christina Hedges 16th Cambridge Scouts Cloudy 140
18th Jan 2017 A dark matter: seeing the invisible Rupert Allison Partially Clear 140
11th Jan 2017 Supermassive black hole binaries: the long journey to coalescence Davide Fiacconi Partially Clear 140
4th Jan 2017 Early views of the Moon Carolin Crawford Cloudy 135
14th Dec 2016 Exploring Inner and Outer Space with the Dark Energy Survey William Wester students from Beal High School Clear 165
7th Dec 2016 What heated up the Universe? Girish Kulkarni Linton scouts Partially Clear 175
30th Nov 2016 How clumpy is the dark matter in the Milky Way? Denis Erkal Larmor Society, St John's Clear 190
23rd Nov 2016 Forming the most massive stars in the Universe John Ilee 2nd St Neots scouts Cloudy 130
16th Nov 2016 Finding earth-like planets Amaury Triaud 1st Fenstanton and Hilton scouts. Cloudy 170
9th Nov 2016 Gravitational waves - listening to the birth of the Universe Deyan Mihaylov Hitchin Priory Rotary Club Cloudy 130
2nd Nov 2016 Receding horizons: the discovery of other galaxies and the birth of cosmology Anna Schooneveld Murray Edwards Franklin Society Clear 180
26th Oct 2016 Mapping the Universe with the Sloan Digital Sky Survey Daniel Eisenstein (HALF TERM) Clear 210
19th Oct 2016 Planet-eating white dwarfs Amy Bonsor Sawston scouts Cloudy 135
12th Oct 2016 Proxima b: the closest Earth-like planet? Ryan MacDonald Amino Cloudy 175
5th Oct 2016 Latest results from Gaia Gerry Gilmore Clear 200
23rd Mar 2016 Neutron Stars Nathalie Degenaar Potton Scouts Cloudy 200
16th Mar 2016 Black Holes and the Evolving Universe Meg Urry Beal High School Astronomy Club Cloudy 210
9th Mar 2016 NASA's Kepler Mission & the Search for Earth-like Planets Eric Ford Raining 95
2nd Mar 2016 Cosmology after the first 5 minutes Sarah Bosman 2nd Somersham Brownies Raining 142
24th Feb 2016 The Universe in X-rays Michael Calzadilla Friends of St Andrews Church, Bedford Clear 185
17th Feb 2016 Juno - mission to Jupiter! Carolin Crawford 1st Hemingfords Cub Pack Raining 180
10th Feb 2016 Quasars Laura Keating 1st Swaffham Prior Scouts Clear 255
3rd Feb 2016 The Dark Energy Survey: Exploring the dark sides of the cosmos with the world's largest digital camera Bjoern Soergel Westminster College Clear 210
27th Jan 2016 The Hot and Violent Universe Ranjan Vasudevan Blacktrace Company Cloudy 120
20th Jan 2016 Earth: the little planet that could Scott Thomas 2nd Cambourne Guides Clear 260
13th Jan 2016 Using the Moon to detect Life Amaury Triaud Cloudy 125
6th Jan 2016 Exploring Solar Systems Ryan MacDonald Cloudy 120
16th Dec 2015 Monsters in the dark; hunting for the Universe's most extreme galaxies Matt Bothwell Cloudy 100
9th Dec 2015 Accreting black holes: Welcome to the feast! Matt Middleton Cloudy 115
2nd Dec 2015 Gaia Alerts: science from the first year Heather Campbell Amino Communications Ltd Cloudy 110
25th Nov 2015 Brown Dwarfs Sonali Shukla Hitchin Probus Club Partially Clear 184
18th Nov 2015 Bubbles and filaments in galaxy clusters Helen Russell 2nd Hunts Hinchingbrooke Park Scouts Partially Clear 128
11th Nov 2015 Next generation telescopes Michael Parker Blacktrace Social Club Cloudy 138
4th Nov 2015 Tiny but powerful - the smallest supermassive black holes Jenny Greene Raining 105
28th Oct 2015 Mars vs 'The Martian' Carolin Crawford (HALF TERM) Clear 230

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