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Open Dome IN PERSON - Betelgeuse - A Supernova Coming Soon?

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Stars are everlasting companions in a clear night sky, like Betelgeuse in Orion. But is this one destined to explode right now? Dr Daniel Brown (NTU) will look into what has happened around Betelgeuse over the recent years in his talk Betelgeuse - A Supernova coming soon?

  • From: Thursday 28 September 2023, 8 pm
  • To: Thursday 28 September 2023, 10 pm
  • Location: LT4, Nottingham Trent University, Clifton Campus, Clifton, Nottingham,
  • Booking deadline: Thursday 28 September 2023, 8.00 pm
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Stars are the everlasting companions in a clear night sky. Shining brightly for ever unchanged, especially such stars as the brightest ones in well known constellations such as Betelgeuse in Orion. But what if they fade? What if this were the precursor of them exploding in a spectacular supernova? Could this happen?

In 2020 Betelgeuse, the 10th brightest star in the sky, became exceedingly dim so that anyone looking at it could notice the decline in brightness easily. This sparked much debate and the discussions included if this star would now explode. Much work has been done over the past years and in his talk Betelgeuse - A Supernova coming soon? Dr Daniel Brown (NTU) will be giving us an overview of what happened. He will also give us some insight into how we can find out more, the current observational data, and what we think might have caused this dimming.

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) and his talk Betelgeuse - A Supernova coming soon.

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. 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 Autumn 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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