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Open Dome Event - UK Spaceweather Predictions

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We normally think of weather as related to Earth's atmosphere alone. But there is weather out in space and the Metoffice is helping to predict it. Join us in J Cotterill's (Metoffice) talk on Predicting Space Weather.

  • From: Thursday 24 September 2015, 8 pm
  • To: Thursday 24 September 2015, 10 pm
  • Location: CELS, Nottingham Trent University, Clifton Campus, Clifton Lane, Nottingham, NG11 8NS
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Space is not as empty as we think it is, especially in our own solar system. The display of northern lights just illustrates what is buffeting Earth from our Sun. Apart from these beautiful effects space weather influences our lives in many other ways.

From communications to GPS, we have become more reliant on satellites than ever before. In order to ensure these systems remain safe and stable we need to be aware of space weather and be able to predict it. It is also becoming an important factor in manned space flight, for the ISS and human space travel to Mars. J. Cottrill from the Metoffice will be introducing us to what space weather actually is and how we can start to predict it in his talk Predicting Space Weather. 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 J. Cottrill's talk. 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 Autumn 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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