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Cosmology is a complex field, abstract and sometimes far fetched. But can it be explored in a garden and even win an awards at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show? Prof M Bode (Liverpool John Moores University) will tell us more in Elucidating the Mysteries of the Universe Through Gardening.

  • From: Monday 24 July 2017, 8 pm
  • To: Monday 24 July 2017, 10 pm
  • Location: CELS, Nottingham Trent University, Clifton Campus, Clifton Lane, Nottingham, NG11 8NS
  • Booking deadline: Sunday 23 July 2017, 11.59 pm
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In cosmology the term dark matter is common. Without dark matter we would not exist and its presence is only known by its vast gravitational effects. The National Schools’ Observatory: Dark Matter Garden, brings the mysteries of the Universe into a garden environment through innovative structures and planting and represents the effect of dark matter on light.

Prof M Bode (LJMU) is one of the lead scientists involved in this project and will talk in Elucidating the Mysteries of the Universe Through Gardening about how gardening can reach audiences not usually targeted by astronomy events. This will also give us a fascinating history of how this project developed from an eclectic mix of astronomers, horticulturalists, construction experts and architects.

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 Prof M Bode's talk Elucidating the Mysteries of the Universe Through Gardening. 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 summer 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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