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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
31st Mar 2021 The Distant and Dusty Universe Gareth Jones No observing (after clock change) 227 watch
24th Mar 2021 How to build a galaxy Emma Curtis Lake Clear 520 watch
17th Mar 2021 Of bounces and bangs: how much do we know about how our Universe began? Chandrima Ganguly Clear 425 watch
10th Mar 2021 The topsy-turvy quantum world Ayngaran Thavanesan Cloudy 521 watch
3rd Mar 2021 The life and adventures of binary supermassive black holes Eugene Vasiliev Cloudy 746 watch
24th Feb 2021 The James Webb Space Telescope Emma Curtis Lake Cloudy 1306 watch
17th Feb 2021 Exploring the Nature of Dark Matter Vid Iršič Cloudy 753 watch
10th Feb 2021 Black hole collisions and gravity waves Matt Bothwell Clear 1089 watch
3rd Feb 2021 The Hubble Space Telescope: Celebrating 30 Years of Discovery James Trussler Clear 2524 watch
27th Jan 2021 Gamma-ray Bursts (or, exploring the Universe using deadly explosions) Aybuke Yoldas Cloudy 593 watch
20th Jan 2021 Exploring the cosmos with a large collaboration Oliver Friedrich Cloudy 274 watch
13th Jan 2021 N/A N/A
6th Jan 2021 The star of Bethlehem Nicole Pawellek N/A Cloudy 383 watch
30th Dec 2020 NO OPEN EVENING THIS WEEK
23rd Dec 2020 NO OPEN EVENING THIS WEEK
16th Dec 2020 The birth and death of our Sun Robin Catchpole N/A Cloudy 184 watch
9th Dec 2020 The first galaxies in the Universe Joris Witstok N/A Cloudy 252 watch
2nd Dec 2020 How to build a Universe Hayley Macpherson N/A Clear 255 watch
25th Nov 2020 X-rays and the bare bones of the young universe Nina Sartorio N/A Clear 243 watch
18th Nov 2020 Why do galaxies die? James Trussler N/A Clear 299 watch
11th Nov 2020 How do we know what the early Universe was like? Fruzsina Agocs N/A Cloudy 260 watch
4th Nov 2020 Viewing Distant Sources with the Sharp X-ray Eyes of NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory Belinda Wilkes N/A Clear 322 watch
28th Oct 2020 Why Black Holes won a Nobel Prize, and why we should care Joanna Pietrowska N/A Clear 526 Watch
21st Oct 2020 Observing the Dark Universe Naomi Robertson N/A Cloudy 271 Watch
14th Oct 2020 The Brief History of the Universe Sergio Martin Alvarez N/A Clear 390 Watch
7th Oct 2020 Light: An Astronomer's Best Friend Nicole Pawellek N/A Partially cloudy 815 Watch
25th Mar 2020 ** CANCELLED ** St. Andrew’s – Tec
18th Mar 2020 ** CANCELLED ** (SCIENCE FESTIVAL)
11th Mar 2020 ** CANCELLED ** (SCIENCE FESTIVAL)
4th Mar 2020 ** CANCELLED ** 12th Cambridge scouts
26th Feb 2020 Astronomy from the ISS Andy Fabian 1st Cambourne Beavers Clear 243 PDF icon 26th_feb_2020.pdf watch
19th Feb 2020 The Unseen Universe Anastasia Fialkov (HALF TERM) Cloudy 168 PDF icon 19th_feb_2020.pdf
12th Feb 2020 Gravitational lensing: a window to the invisible Universe Anton Baleato Hitchin Priory Rotary Club Cloudy 142 PDF icon 12th_feb_2020.pdf watch
5th Feb 2020 Ecological Stars: The Recycling Machines of the Universe Nina Sartorio Shelford and Stapleford scout group Cloudy 135 PDF icon 5th_feb_2020.pdf watch
29th Jan 2020 The Galactic Mosh Pit: Merging in the Early Universe Gareth Jones Cambourne Cubs Cloudy 192 PDF icon 19_jan_2020.pdf watch
22nd Jan 2020 Large scale structures of the Universe Prakash Gaikwad Beal High School Cloudy 112 PDF icon 22_jan_2020.pdf watch
15th Jan 2020 Physical cosmology: Exploring the science behind this year's Nobel prize William Coulton Ely Explorers Clear 170 PDF icon 15th_jan_2020.pdf watch
8th Jan 2020 Cloudy nights and sunny days in exoplanets Vivien Parmentier Raining 74 PDF icon 8th_jan_2020.pdf watch
1st Jan 2020 NO OPEN EVENING THIS WEEK
25th Dec 2019 NO OPEN EVENING THIS WEEK
18th Dec 2019 The James Webb Space Telescope Emma Curtis-Lake Cloudy 85 PDF icon 18_december_2019.pdf
11th Dec 2019 Active galactic nuclei: the powerful cores of the most luminous galaxies Amy Rankine 1st Bar Hill Guides Partially Clear 212 PDF icon 11_december_2019.pdf watch
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 watch
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

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