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Open Dome Event - Orbit and Global Catastrophe

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Space exploration has progressed and created an ever denser orbital cloud of objects around Earth. Find out how orbit has been associated with catastrophe in Prof Philip Leonard's (NTU) talk Orbit and Global Catastrophe.

  • From: Thursday 28 February 2019, 8 pm
  • To: Thursday 28 February 2019, 10 pm
  • Location: CELS, Nottingham Trent University, Clifton Campus, Clifton Lane, Nottingham,
  • Booking deadline: Thursday 28 February 2019, 3.00 pm
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We have driven our space exploration to ever greater lengths. Either exploring the furthest parts of our solar system or observing Earth through numerous satellites. But what impact has this had upon us? How is the idea of objects orbiting Earth now linked to a catastrophe on Earth?

Prof Philip Leonard (NTU) will be talking about how we see and know the world from Space in his talk Orbit and Global Catastrophe. He will for example address the effect of successive collisions of low Earth orbit objects would have, also known as the Kessler syndrome, on our communications.

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 Philip Leonard (NTU) talking about Orbit and Global Catastrophe. 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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