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Open Dome Event - In Search of the Northern Lights

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Some of us might have been lucky enough to see Northern Lights in the past weeks. Why such natural phenomena of the arctic can be observe in the UK will be explained by Dr A. Wood (NTU) in his talk In Search of the Northern Lights.

  • From: Wednesday 2 April 2014, 8 pm
  • To: Wednesday 2 April 2014, 10 pm
  • Location: CELS, Nottingham Trent University, Clifton Campus, Clifton Lane, Nottingham, NG11 8NS
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Northern Lights are spectacular light shows in the arctic sky painted in blues, greens and reds. They attract thousand of visitors to remote regions. But sometimes you just need a dark spot in the UK and might glimpse only a reddish glow in the sky. These light shows are closely linked to the Sun and show how active our own star can be.

The event will start at 8 pm with Dr. A. Wood (NTU) presenting his talk titled In Search of the Northern Lights. Here he will describe how Northern Lights were recently visible across the UK, and in the past even as far south as Rome. But searching for Northern Lights often requires travel to the far frozen north. Join Dr Alan Wood as he takes us on a tour of this beautiful but unforgiving environment as we travel to distance places, hunt the Northern Lights and meet polar bears - the kings of the arctic! 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 In Search of the Northern Lights 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 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. Entrance is free and available to everyone who is interested.

Location details




Nottingham Trent University
Clifton Campus
Clifton Lane
NG11 8NS


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

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