Jeremiah Horrocks Anniversary Lecture Series (1-5 Oct)

Discover the wonders of space with this series of public lectures on astronomy to celebrate UCLAN’s 190th Anniversary and 400 years since the birth of Jeremiah Horrocks.


Exoplanets: Exploring the diversity of worlds in our Galaxy

Monday 1 October 6:30pm-8pm

Speaker: Professor Richard Nelson – Queen Mary University of London

Professor Richard Nelson will describe the methods used by astronomers to discover exoplanets, what we know about the exoplanet population and how our ideas about planetary system formation have evolved in recent years.

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Is the Milky Way special?

Tuesday 2 October 6:30pm-8pm

Speaker: Chris Lintott – Professor of Astrophysics, University of Oxford. Presenter, BBC Sky at Night

In this talk, Chris Lintott will draw on cutting-edge research and results from his own Galaxy Zoo project to compare the Milky Way to the other galaxies which surround us, and ask whether we’re living in a special time in its history.

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Everything from nothing: how our universe was made

Wednesday  3 October 6:30pm-8pm

Speaker: Professor Carlos Frenk – CBE FRS, Durham University

Cosmology confronts some of the most fundamental questions in science. How and when did our universe begin? What is it made of? How did galaxies and other structures form? There has been enormous progress in the past few decades towards answering these questions.

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The Antikythera Mechanism: The oldest computer

Thursday 4 October 6.30pm-8pm

Speaker: Professor Xenophon Moussas – University of Athens

In the talk, it will be discussed how humans conceived such a mechanism and how they managed to construct a mechanical cosmos based on causality, the notion of laws of physics, and modelling.

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From Pendle Hill to the Stars: Four centuries of Lancashire astronomical history from Jeremiah Horrocks to UCLan

Friday 5 October 6.30pm-8pm

Speaker: Dr Allan Chapman – University of Oxford

Lancashire has an extremely rich and distinguished astronomical history, from men who first advanced the work of Kepler and Galileo to cutting-edge modern astrophysics. Astronomical societies of international importance have flourished in the county since 1881, including that of Preston, which not only advanced original observational work but also pioneered astronomical public education and outreach.

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For more information please contact Nuala Jones on email / Tel: 01772 893310