Open Dome Event - Expanding our Horizon - A look at Pluto
Pluto was once a planet, but now a dwarf planet. It sits at the edge of our solar system and we have arrived. Hear more about how New Horizons is passing Pluto now and capturing stunning images of this mysterious world in Dr D Brown's (NTU) talk Expanding our Horizon – A look at Pluto.
- From: Friday 26 June 2015, 8 pm
- To: Friday 26 June 2015, 10 pm
- Location: CELS, Nottingham Trent University, Clifton Campus, Clifton Lane, Nottingham, NG11 8NS
Pluto is a former planet far, far away in our solar system. What do we know of this icy rock? Not much, because it has, until recently, only been resolved by Hubble and even then was a mere pixelated blob. But NASA has sent out a space probe called 'New Horizon' that is exploring this cold outpost in our solar system.
Dr D Brown (NTU) will be introducing us to this mission to Pluto in his talk Expanding our Horizons - A look at Pluto. We will find out how we managed to travel the vast distance and then what science we will carry out. Also we will hear how this can further our understanding of our solar system. 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 Expanding our Horizon – A look at Pluto 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 Summer 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 only for booked visitors in the North Gate car park.