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Open Dome Event - From Nuclear Reactors to Mars

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Recently, amazing missions have been out exploring the solar system, but sometimes rocks from space fall to Earth as metorites. They bring the solar system to us. Join Dr S Atherton (NTU) explorations in analysing meteorites.

  • From: Thursday 28 January 2016, 8 pm
  • To: Thursday 28 January 2016, 10 pm
  • Location: CELS, Nottingham Trent University, Clifton Campus, Clifton Lane, Nottingham, NG11 8NS
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Meteorites can tell us about the chemical composition and formation history of the solar system. Analysing their chemical composition is one way of unlocking the secrets of our solar system. Nuclear reactions can be the key to the meteorite's composition.

Dr S Atherton (NTU) in his talk Neutron Activation Analysis – From Nuclear Reactors to Mars, will explain how Neutron Activation Analysis determines the composition of a sample through nuclear reactions. Furthermore he will discuss how this technique can be used to analyse meteorite fragments and determine their origins. 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, 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 Dr S Atherton's overview of analysing meteorites with nuclear reactions. 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.

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Booking is required for this event. To reserve your place, simply add this event to your basket by clicking Add to Basket above.

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 Main Gate car park.

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