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Open Dome Event - Observing General Relativity – Light Bending, War and Peace

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Beginning of last century general relativity was a nice theory that still required confirming observations. In November a hundred years ago the world saw prove of Einsteins theory. Hear more in Dr Robin Turner's (NTU) talk Light bending and war and peace.

  • From: Thursday 21 November 2019, 8 pm
  • To: Thursday 21 November 2019, 10 pm
  • Location: CELS, Nottingham Trent University, Clifton Campus, Clifton Lane, Nottingham,
  • Booking deadline: Thursday 21 November 2019, 3.00 pm
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Event details

In November one hundred years ago results were announced confirming Einstein's theory of General Relativity. These findings stemmed from previous solar eclipse expeditions that year from around the world. Making the measurements, however, had proved to be far from straightforward and the expeditions had nearly never taken place due to the first world war.

Dr Robin Turner (NTU) will consider in his talk Light bending and war and peace the science and its wider significance in the context of the political background. A fascinating overview how science, society and politics go hand in hand.

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 Robin Turner's (NTU) talk Light bending and war and peace. 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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