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Open Dome Event - Are we alone - The Fermi Paradox

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Aliens and life on other planets is not merely part of the UFO scene and science fiction films. It is debated and researched by serious scientific researchers looking for what makes life possible. Dr M Braddock (MSAS) will be discussing the apparent contradiction of prediction and observation on life out there in his talk Are we Alone - The Fermi Paradox.

  • From: Wednesday 25 February 2015, 8 pm
  • To: Wednesday 25 February 2015, 10 pm
  • Location: CELS, Nottingham Trent University, Clifton Campus, Clifton Lane, Nottingham, NG11 8NS
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Humankind has wondered for millennia whether we are alone in the Universe. Basic assumptions and rough approximations quickly lead to a staggeringly high probability of there being other civilisations out there. But we have not seen any evidence of such civilisations. This problem is termed the Fermi Paradox.

Dr M Braddock a member of the Mansfield and Sutton Astronomical Society (MSAS) will explore some aspects of the science behind the Fermi Paradox and the probabilities of the existence of and the discovery of life beyond Earth. The presentation Are we alone - The Fermi Paradox is aimed at audiences with some but not advanced scientific background allowing easy access. This talk will be followed by a brief introduction on what is visible in this month's sky.

Booking is required for this event. While attending this event you consent to filming, photography and sound recording which may include you as a member of the audience and its use in publication or advertising distribution either printed or online without payment or copyright.


The event will start at 8 pm with the talk Are we Alone - The Fermi Paradox in CELS. Refreshments will be offered from 7.45 pm in the CELS foyer. Afterwards, visitors will get a tour of the NTU observatory and the chance to see interesting objects in the winter 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.

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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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