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Open Dome Event - Goethe, Colours and Green Stars - The Phenomena of Colour

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Can we really never see green stars? Colours and how they are perceived by an observer in astronomy in light of Goethe's phenomenology of colours is presented by Dr H Liang (NTU).

  • From: Monday 28 April 2014, 8 pm
  • To: Monday 28 April 2014, 10 pm
  • Location: CELS, Nottingham Trent University, Clifton Campus, Clifton Lane, Nottingham, NG11 8NS
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Astrophysics and Newton's view on how colours are explained would make us believe that there are no green stars. However, how do we experience colours with our eyes? This has been discussed ever since Newton split white light into its colours. Goethe gives us some insight into the phenomenon of colours and how we see them.

The event will start at 8 pm with Dr H Liang (NTU) presenting her talk titled Goethe, Colours and Green Stars - The Phenomena of Colour that will introduce the inspiring debate on colour between Newton and Goethe. It will outline how we actually see the colours of stars and the universe. 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 Goethe, Colours and Green Stars - The Phenomena of Colour 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 spring 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 information

Booking is required for this event. To do so, please click 'Reserve your place' at the top of the page, then complete the booking process.

Entrance is free and available to everyone who is interested.

Location details




Nottingham Trent University
Clifton Campus
Clifton Lane
NG11 8NS


Parking is available only for booked visitors in the North Gate car park.

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