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Open Dome Event - Towards New Horizons - ALMA and SKA

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Astronomy uses all the possible electromagnetic spectrum of light not only visual wavelengths to gain information. One of these windows through which we can explore the Universe is located in the radio and microwave regime. Find out more on the challenges these observations hold and the instruments being developed in the talk Towards New Horizons by Mr P Hekman (SKA).

Rescheduled event.

  • From: Monday 30 March 2015, 8 pm
  • To: Monday 30 March 2015, 10 pm
  • Location: CELS, Nottingham Trent University, Clifton Campus, Clifton Lane, Nottingham, NG11 8NS
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Rescheduled event.

The instruments that explore the Universe using radio and microwave wavelengths are of a very different kind compared to optical telescopes. Some involve huge arrays covering vast areas such as the Square Kilometer Array (SKA). Other arrays are located at extremely high altitudes making their construction a huge challenge.

Mr P Hekman is the Project Manager AIV at the Square Kilometer Array. In his talk Towards New Horizons he will introduce us to radio and microwave astronomy, with a focus upon the technology helping us to detect such wavelengths. His work at the Atacama Large Millimeter / submillimeter Array (ALMA) and now at the SKA will give us an insight in the most current developments in this field. 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 Towards New Horizons 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 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 only for booked visitors in the North Gate car park.

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