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Open Dome Event - A charming year with ASTEC

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Developing detectors for large telescopes and visiting them in remote places on Earth is the dream of many an astronomy student. Our own Eimear Gallagher (NTU) - awarded the Undergraduate Prize 2019 by the Royal Astronomical Society - did just that and will be telling us more about her placement year in her talk “CHARMing” – My year developing an international scientific instrument at RAL Space.

  • From: Wednesday 22 January 2020, 8 pm
  • To: Wednesday 22 January 2020, 10 pm
  • Location: CELS, Nottingham Trent University, Clifton Campus, Clifton Lane, Nottingham,
  • Booking deadline: Wednesday 22 January 2020, 3.00 pm
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When studying astronomy, working with real telescopes is a goal many students aim for. In some cases this also includes building and developing new technology or detectors for such telescopes. Other students might aspire to go to one of the many far-flung places on the globe that host cutting edge astronomical observing facilities. At NTU we offer such opportunities to students through allowing them to carry out a placement year.

Eimear Gallagher (NTU) is one of our students and Observatory Support Officers that has in the past year been on placement at the STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory Space Department (RAL Space). Here she helped to develop CHARM and has recently been awarded the Patricia Tomkins Undergraduate Prize 2019 by the Royal Astronomical Society for her work. CHARM is an astronomical heterodyne receiver developed for the Large Millimetre Telescope (LMT) in Puebla Mexico. In her talk “CHARMing” – My year developing an international scientific instrument at RAL Space she will present the design, development, testing and installation of CHARM as carried out by a small team of RAL Space engineers.

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 Eimear Gallagher (NTU) talk “CHARMing” – My year developing an international scientific instrument at RAL Space. 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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