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Open Dome Event - A Brief History of Women in Astronomy

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Women have always been a part of astronomy. Dr Louise Devoy (Curator, Royal Observatory Greenwich) will shine light on women in astronomy through time followed by a free screening of 'Hidden Figures'.

  • From: Wednesday 28 February 2018, 8 pm
  • To: Wednesday 28 February 2018, 11 pm
  • Location: CELS, Nottingham Trent University, Clifton Campus, Clifton Lane, Nottingham,
  • Booking deadline: Wednesday 28 February 2018, 12.00 pm
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For centuries, women have played a crucial part in astronomy. But history and society rarely paid full attention to these heroins and their fascinating stories. Such inequality still extends into recent times where we pride ourselves of equal opportunities.

Taking you on a journey through time, from Ancient Greece to the 20th century, Dr Louise Devoy (Curator, Royal Observatory Greenwich) will highlight both well-known female astronomers and the hidden histories of the Royal Observatory’s ‘lady computers’ and the wives of the Astronomers Royal. This talk will be followed by a free screening of the movie 'Hidden Figures'.

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 Louise Devoy (Curator, Royal Observatory Greenwich) talk A Brief History of Women in Astronomy. Refreshments will be offered from 7.45 pm in the CELS foyer. The talk will then be followed at 9 pm by a free screening of the 2017 movie 'Hidden Figures' (PG rated), a story of a team of female African-American mathematicians who served a vital role in NASA during the early years of the U.S. space program.

Afterwards, at approximately 11.15 pm visitors will get a brief 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.

Location details




Nottingham Trent University
Clifton Campus
Clifton Lane


Parking is available only for booked visitors in the Main Gate car park.

Please ensure to enter the campus via Main Gate only!

Ensure to allow for sufficient time since you will be asked at the barrier to identify the event you wish to visit. Furthermore it is a 3 minute walk from the car park to CELS.

Travel Info:

Main gate entrance is located on the A453 closest towards the city, ie the first entrance when travelling from Nottingham towards Clifton.

Please avoid entering via South Gate as you will not be able to access the staff car park nor will security staff allow access via that barrier.

The exact location of the car park is in latitude and longitude 52.912958, -1.183357 or via GoogleMaps .

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