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Online Open Dome - Stars in the Cave

Audience with telescope
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Watching the skies is something that humans have done even before we farmed. Join us and find out how humans turned caves into planetariums in Dr M Frincu's (NTU) talk The stars in the cave - Why and how prehistoric people built the first planetariums?

This talk is going ahead as a video recorded talk to booked visitors.

  • From: Thursday 24 June 2021, 8 pm
  • To: Thursday 24 June 2021, 9 pm
  • Location: Nottingham Trent University, Clifton Campus, Clifton, Nottingham,
  • Booking deadline: Thursday 24 June 2021, 8.00 pm
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For many astronomy is linked to telescopes and advanced missions to space. However, people have always been looking to the sky and watching what happens over the year, which is why it has been generally closely associated with the occurrence and evolution of agriculture. But did people suddenly decide to observe the skies when they started farming?

The process of determining the monthly and yearly motion of the Sun and Moon began thousands of years ago in prehistory with the first marks being left on animal bones and in prehistoric caves. Dr M Frincu (NTU and vice-president of the European Society for Cultural Astronomy) will present the earliest signs of humans engaging with the sky in his talk The stars in the cave - Why and how prehistoric people built the first planetariums? In this talk we explore some of the first recorded observations of the stars, solstices and equinoxes drawn on Palaeolithic caves in Western Europe and discuss the choice of animals for representing them.

Given the current situation and NTU response, this event is not taking place as a public NTU event. However, Dr M Frincu (NTU) will provide an online talk on this topic to everyone who is booked onto this event. A link to the material on YouTube will be emailed to everyone who has booked in their confirmation email. We will be happy to answer questions posted as response to the video over the following days. So do keep booking onto this event. If you haven't booked you might need to wait a while before you can see it.

Location details


Nottingham Trent University
Clifton Campus

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