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Open Dome Event - Ultima Thule - A Step Beyond

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In January 2019 the space probe New Horizons flies past the furthest object directly explored in our solar system, Ultima Thule. Dr Ian Whittaker (NTU) will talk about the New Horizons mission in Ultima Thule - A Step Beyond.

  • From: Thursday 24 January 2019, 8 pm
  • To: Thursday 24 January 2019, 10 pm
  • Location: CELS, Nottingham Trent University, Clifton Campus, Clifton Lane, Nottingham,
  • Booking deadline: Thursday 24 January 2019, 3.00 pm
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Event details

The New Horizons mission has been an outstanding success rewriting what we knew of Pluto. But its mission is far from completed. Swinging past this dwarf planet it headed to an even more distant object, the Kuiper Belt object (486958) 2014 MU69 now referred to as Ultima Thule. So far we only know this object as a single faint point.

Dr Ian Whittaker (NTU) will give us an overview of the New Horizons mission in his talk Ultima Thule - A Step Beyond. He will especially focus upon the encounter with the distant Kuiper Belt object including current images and finding gathered by New Horizons.

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 Ian Whittaker (NTU) talking about Ultima Thule - A Step Beyond. 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.

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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