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Open Dome Event – Selden Map Unlocked

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Maps have captured our understanding of the world and the sky. Every map has a history and the 17th-century chinese Selden map rediscovered in 2008 can tell us about navigation and cartography in China. Join Prof H Liang (NTU) to hear more about the Selden map.

  • From: Wednesday 30 November 2016, 8 pm
  • To: Wednesday 30 November 2016, 10 pm
  • Location: CELS, Nottingham Trent University, Clifton Campus, Clifton Lane, Nottingham, NG11 8NS
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Maps are not only works of art but also examples of cartography, navigation, and applications of astronomical knowledge. Especially ancient maps can help us understand how advanced navigation and cartography was at those times.

Professor H Liang was part of a research team analysing the Selden map, rediscovered in archives in 2008. It is the oldest surviving merchant's map of East Asia. She will talk about her work on the Selden map, placing it into context with navigation and astronomy. This talk will be followed by a brief introduction to 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 Professor H Liang's talk on the Selden map. 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 using 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 Main Gate car park.

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