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Open Dome IN PERSON - Dark Side Of Galaxies - Dark Matter and Rotation Curves

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Only 5% of our Universe is normal stuff. Explore how we could measure Dark Matter in galaxies at our NTU observatory in the talk The Dark Side of Galaxies given by Dr Daniel Brown (NTU),  Adrien Le Guennec (NTU & IUT de Lannion - France), and Rasika Deshpande (NTU).

  • From: Thursday 29 June 2023, 8 pm
  • To: Thursday 29 June 2023, 10 pm
  • Location: LT4, Nottingham Trent University, Clifton Campus, Clifton, Nottingham,
  • Booking deadline: Thursday 29 June 2023, 8.00 pm
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Event details

Galaxies like our own Milky Way are not all what they seem to be. They contain a vast amount of material that we just cannot see. Matter that is entirely dark and not fussed about light at all. This is what astronomers call Dark Matter and makes up approximately 27% of the entire Universe. With Dark Energy contributing 68%, this leaves a measly 5% for all the normal stuff. But how do we even know that this Dark Matter really exists?

Over this summer period the NTU observatory has supported several student projects to start and explore galaxies and their spectroscopic properties related to their dynamics. Join Dr Daniel Brown (NTU),  Adrien Le Guennec (NTU & IUT de Lannion - France), and Rasika Deshpande (NTU) in their talk The Dark Side of Galaxies to hear more about this ongoing work. You will hear how Dark Matter impacts on the rotation of galaxies and how our NTU observatory is currently measuring spectra of galaxies. This talk will also give you the unique opportunity to look behind the scenes of our high-resolution spectroscopic unit and how works.

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 tour) 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),  Adrien Le Guennec (NTU & IUT de Lannion - France), and Rasika Deshpande (NTU) in their talk The Dark Side of Galaxies.

Refreshments will be offered from 7.45 pm in LT4 within the Teaching and Learning Building. After the talk, visitors will be able to get a tour of the NTU observatory.

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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