Open Dome Event - Red Star and Snowy Mountain
We have noticed the stars above since millennia and Stonehenge is the UK monument everyone links with ancient astronomy. Dr F Silva (University College London) will tell us about more examples in Europe.
- From: Thursday 27 February 2014, 8 pm
- To: Thursday 27 February 2014, 10 pm
- Location: CELS, Nottingham Trent University, Clifton Campus, Clifton Lane, Nottingham, NG11 8NS
Giant ancient stone monuments that are linked to astronomy can not only be found in the UK but across many parts of mainland Europe. But are they really astronomical observatories and how can they tell us more about the oldest science: Astronomy?
The event will start at 8 pm with Dr F Silva (University College London) presenting his talk titled Red Star and Snowy Mountain: how astronomy can help us understand the past. In this talk he will look at prehistoric megalithic structures in Northwest Iberia that were purposefully aligned with Aldebaran and discuss what this can tell us about the celestial beliefs and practices of Neolithic Iberians. This talk will be followed by a brief introduction on what is visible in this month's sky.
Booking is required for this event.
The event will start at 8 pm with the talk Red Star and Snowy Mountain: how astronomy can help us understand the past in CELS. Refreshments will be offered beforehand 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. Entrance is free and available to everyone who is interested.
Parking is available for visitors in the North Gate car park.