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Open Dome Event - Heritage of The Night Sky and Starlink

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Dr D Brown (NTU) will talk about The Heritage of the Night Sky with Starlink where he will explore how our cultures link to the sky but also how light pollution and Elon Musk's Starlink program is endangering this heritage.

  • From: Thursday 20 June 2019, 8 pm
  • To: Thursday 20 June 2019, 10 pm
  • Location: CELS, Nottingham Trent University, Clifton Campus, Clifton Lane, Nottingham,
  • Booking deadline: Thursday 20 June 2019, 3.00 pm
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Dr K Baldwin (NTU) talk How to Probe the Nature of the Universe with a Magnet and a Bucket had be postponed to next month.


The night sky has inspired humans since millennia. It contributes half of what we see in the world. Several ancient sites link to the sky in some way. Understanding this link and how we understand the sky will help us make sense of past an present cultures.

In his talk The Heritage of the Nigh Sky with Starlink Dr D Brown (NTU) will introduce how we experience and engage with the night sky. He will use some ancient monuments such as Stonehenge as an example to illustrate that heritage is not only on the land but extends into the sky. This has become very topical, given increasing light pollution and the recent launch of Elon Musk's Starlink program.

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 8pm with Dr D Brown (NTU) talking about The Heritage of the Nigh Sky with Starlink. 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 Summer 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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