Open Dome - Venus - The bright wanderer of the skies

Projected stars in Observatory
Public lectures

Venus is a striking planet easy to observe. Especially this month offers a unique close alignment of Venus and the Pleiades. Hear more about how we connect and watch Venus in Dr D Brown (NTU) talk Venus - The bright wanderer of the skies.

  • From: Thursday 26 March 2020, 8 pm
  • To: Thursday 26 March 2020, 10 pm
  • Location: CELS, Nottingham Trent University, Clifton Campus, Clifton, Nottingham,
  • Booking deadline: Thursday 26 March 2020, 3.00 pm
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Event details

The five brightest planets are striking wanderers amongst the stars. None so as the dazzling bright Venus visible either in the morning or evening as the last or first star visible against the brightening sky. Venus is so striking that it is often mistaken for a UFO in current times and became part of ritual calendars in some ancient cultures.

Beyond these ways it impacted upon our engagement with the Sky, it also shows amazing alignments with other planets, Moon, Sun and stars. This month offers a stunning pairing of Venus and the Pleiades. Dr D Brown (NTU) will be talking about the properties of the planet Venus, how it features in our current culture and in the past. He will use Venus as an example to illustrate how certain celestial actors can offer complex characters for our sky stories.

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) talk Venus - The bright wanderer of the skies. 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 Spring 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


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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