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Open Dome Event - Observing and Detecting Meteors

Audience in Observatory with Stellaium
Public lectures

Shooting star, meteor showers, Perseids and more. We might have heard of these or seen the amazing pictures, but how do we observe them? Amateur astronomer Steve Ibbotson will give us an overview to become successful meteor spotters.

  • From: Tuesday 22 October 2019, 8 pm
  • To: Tuesday 22 October 2019, 10 pm
  • Location: CELS, Nottingham Trent University, Clifton Campus, Clifton Lane, Nottingham,
  • Booking deadline: Tuesday 22 October 2019, 3.00 pm
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Event details

Shooting stars or meteors are beautiful reminders that the environment around us is not empty space. Spotting them is not always easy and has lent itself to the saying: to make a wish upon a shooting star. But every so often we will see a true shower of these as in August the annual Perseid shower. So how can we spot them successfully?

Amateur astronomer Steve Ibbotson will introduce us to the topic of shooting stars, meteors and meteorites. He will also elaborate upon fascinating ways to observe them using your naked eyes or cameras. He will also give us an idea how to achieve this even if you are not blessed with an amazing dark sky or clear skies.

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 Steve Ibbotson talking about observing meteors. 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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