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Open Dome Event - Heavenly Palace on Earth

Projected stars in Observatory
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China is the keenest country to explore space. This includes their space station Tiangong 1 which will burn up in Earth's atmosphere this March. Dr Daniel Brown (NTU) will recount China's space program and Tiangong's slow demise.

  • From: Wednesday 25 April 2018, 8 pm
  • To: Wednesday 25 April 2018, 10 pm
  • Location: CELS, Nottingham Trent University, Clifton Campus, Clifton Lane, Nottingham,
  • Booking deadline: Tuesday 24 April 2018, 11.59 pm
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Since many years now several other countries have explored space in addition to the usual suspects of USA, Russia and Europe. China being one of the most motivated countries developing Moon landing programs and establishing now their already second space station. Their old space station Tiangong 1 should re-enter Earths atmosphere in March 2018.

Dr Daniel Brown (NTU) will be giving an overview of the Chinese space program in his talk Heavenly Palace on Earth. He will focus upon their space station Tiangong and its slow demise and fiery end in the previous month.

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 D Brown (NTU) talking about Heavenly Palace on Earth - The Chinese Space Station. 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 spring 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 need to contact security 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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