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Open Dome IN PERSON - Death by Sun - Impact of Solar Activity on Earth

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Our peaceful Sun has a raging and active side that we on Earth are facing every day. Join Dr Daniel Brown (NTU) in his talk Death by Sun - Impact of Solar Activity on Earth to find out more.

  • From: Thursday 25 May 2023, 8 pm
  • To: Thursday 25 May 2023, 10 pm
  • Location: LT4, Nottingham Trent University, Clifton Campus, Clifton, Nottingham,
  • Booking deadline: Thursday 25 May 2023, 8.00 pm
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Event details

Our Sun seems to be the quite and reliable companion in the sky giving warmth and light to us. However, it is an active star showing many forms of variability. This also includes the recent flurry of Northern Lights observed across the UK. But in what other ways does our Sun impact Earth and are we ever in any danger?

Life on Earth has developed over millennia in the presence of an ever active Sun. Our planet has its own protective shield that gives us protection from most of the Sun's activity. Dr Daniel Brown (NTU) will be exploring in his talk Death by Sun - Impact of Solar Activity on Earth different types of solar activity and their origins. He will then explore how they interact with Earth and cause phenomena beyond the usual Northern Lights. In his talk we will also be introduced to the dangers solar activity can pose especially for our ever growing electronic infrastructure and satellites.

Booking is required for this event while attending in person. 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.

This event is taking place as a hybrid event on NTU campus. This will allow a flexible way of attending. You are currently booking to attend in person (including observatory and planetarium tour with possible observations) and will need to purchase a £5 ticket for the event. If you are underage or an NTU student there is no charge.

You can also attend the virtual talk for free but would need to book the Open Dome VIRTUAL event to receive the link details.


The event will start at 8pm with Dr Daniel Brown (NTU) with his talk Death by Sun - Impact of Solar Activity on Earth.

Refreshments will be offered from 7.45 pm in LT4 within the Teaching and Learning Building. After the talk, visitors will be able to enter the NTU planetarium, 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, the planetarium session will be pointing out objects of interest as well.

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 Teaching and Learning Building.

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 .

Please note that the venue is within the Teaching and Learning Building, see Google Maps. Please be advised that this is NOT the CELS building.

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