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Open Dome Event - The Sun and the Honeybee

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We all acknowledge that animals and insects are aware of the sky including the Sun and Moon. But how much do insects like the humble honey bee use the Sun in their lives. Join Dr M Bencsik (NTU) to hear about honey bees and their knowledge of the Sun.

  • From: Tuesday 28 February 2017, 8 pm
  • To: Tuesday 28 February 2017, 10 pm
  • Location: CELS, Nottingham Trent University, Clifton Campus, Clifton Lane, Nottingham, NG11 8NS
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Humans know since millennia how to use the Moon, Sun and stars to navigate. But we sometimes are surprised to see how much the Sun and Moon is used in the animal and insect kingdom for navigational purposes and more.

Dr. M Bencsik (NTU) will be talking about how the humble honey bee uses the solar position for navigation and how it exhibits this using a waggle dance. He will explain how the Sun plays a major role in the bees live through such light related movements or phototaxis. This presentation 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 Dr M Bencsik's talk The Sun and the Honeybee: Phototaxis and the Waggle Dance. 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 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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