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Observatories address science's big questions but does that justify building observatories really everywhere? Join Dr. D Brown (NTU) and Dr S Gullberg (University of Oklahoma) in the talk Telescopes Everywhere- Sensitive Astronomical Sites where he will introduce you to the topic of contested astronomical sites and sacred land using the example of the Thirty Meter Telescope on Hawaii.

  • From: Thursday 27 January 2022, 8 pm
  • To: Thursday 27 January 2022, 9 pm
  • Location: Nottingham Trent University, Clifton Campus, Clifton, Nottingham,
  • Booking deadline: Thursday 27 January 2022, 8.00 pm
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Observatories are fascinating places where astronomers can explore the furthest reaches of our Universe and investigate where we come from. These are big questions but do they justify building observatories everywhere?

Many of the worlds biggest and most powerful telescopes are located on high mountain tops and remote locations. They are part of large observatories including buildings and substantial infrastructure that are constantly growing and changing. But do such sites even in these remote places have no impact upon the people that live there? And if they have an impact, is it always beneficial or are they destroying sacred land? Dr. D Brown (NTU) and Dr S Gullberg (University of Oklahoma) in the talk Telescopes Everywhere- Sensitive Astronomical Sites will use the case of the Thirty Meter Telescope on Hawaii to outline issues around contested astronomical sites and sacred land. Dr Gullberg will also introduce in detail an international initiative to raise these issues an we are excited to have him contribute to this event.

Given the current situation, this event will - for this month only - revert back to a purely online format. A link to the material on YouTube will be emailed to everyone who is attending virtually 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.

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Nottingham Trent University
Clifton Campus

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