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Open Dome Event - A Voyage to Venus

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Mars has always attracted our attention as being most Earth like. However, Venus is much more similar in mass and size to us. But what do we know about this other planetary neighbour? Join us in Dr I Whittaker's (University of Leicester) overview of Venus and its environment.

  • From: Wednesday 25 November 2015, 8 pm
  • To: Wednesday 25 November 2015, 10 pm
  • Location: CELS, Nottingham Trent University, Clifton Campus, Clifton Lane, Nottingham, NG11 8NS
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Venus is most similar in size and mass to Earth but its atmospheric conditions are anything but comfortable. Even space probes landing on Venus cannot survive for longer periods and the dense cloud cover hides this planet from view. But space probes orbiting Venus and briefly landing on its surface have managed to penetrate the cloud cover and sample the fascinating environment of this mysterious neighbour.

Japan will have a second attempt at sending their Venus probe Akatsuki from its solar orbit on its way to Venus beginning of December 2015. Dr I Whittaker (University of Leicester) will give us a fascinating overview of what we know about Venus and its atmospheric and surrounding space environment. 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 Dr I Whittaker's overview of Venus 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 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.

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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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