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Open Dome Event - Facing the Sun

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Ireland has a rich heritage of ancient monuments with several of them including astronomical alignments to the Sun, New Grange being only one. Dr Frank Prendergast (DIT) will give us an overview in his talk Facing the Sun.

  • From: Wednesday 28 November 2018, 8 pm
  • To: Wednesday 28 November 2018, 10 pm
  • Location: CELS, Nottingham Trent University, Clifton Campus, Clifton Lane, Nottingham,
  • Booking deadline: Wednesday 28 November 2018, 3.00 pm
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Event details

The sky has featured in cultures throughout time. One such example is the solar orientation discovered 50 years ago of the 5,000 year old passage grave New Grange in Ireland. However there are more examples in Ireland that allow us an insight into how ancient societies perceived the sky.

Dr. Frank Prendergast (DIT) is an experienced surveyor and archaeoastronomer of ancient sites especially in Ireland. In his talk Facing the Sun he will describe his experience with the Irish sky heritage unlocked through some of his sites he worked on.

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 Frank Prendergast (DIT) talking about Facing the Sun. 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.

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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