Open Dome Event - A Yardstick for our Solar System
The solar system is our galactic back yard and nothing compared to the size of the Galaxy or the entire observable Universe.
- From: Thursday 30 January 2014, 8 am
- To: Thursday 30 January 2014, 10 pm
- Location: The Observatory, Nottingham Trent University, Clifton Campus, Clifton Lane, Nottinghamshire, NG11 8NS
The solar system is our galactic back yard and nothing compared to the size of the Galaxy or the entire observable Universe. But still space probes need decades to travel through it. Yet ancient astronomers were able to determine distances between Earth, Moon and Sun.
Mr Ahmed (AstroCom) will be illustrating how basic naked eye observation and geometry led us to determine the distance to the Moon and the Sun more than 2,000 years ago. He will also talk about how in the 16th century this yardstick helped us to determine distances to our planets.
Booking is required for this event. Please contact Daniel Brown to register.
Those attending the event will be taken on a tour of the Optical Observatory, which houses a 20 inch telescope, a solar scope and a range of smaller telescopes. There will also be opportunities to explore the wonders of the sky above us, using the facilities available at the observatory. Please note that opportunities to observe the sky are largely dependent on weather conditions.
For further information about the optical observatory, please visit the observatory website.
The event will start at 8 pm with the talk A Yardstick for our Solar System in CELS. Refreshments will be offered before hand in the CELS foyer. Afterwards, visitors will get a tour of the NTU observatory and the chance to see interesting objects in the autumn sky with the observatory's telescopes, small telescopes, and binoculars if the weather allows it.
If the weather is not good, a small planetarium session will be offered in the observatory pointing out objects of interest.
Booking is required for this event.
Parking is available for visitors in the North Gate car park.