Upcoming Events

Jeremiah Horrocks Winter Lecture 2018 – Blackholes and spin offs

Date: November 26th, 2018

Location: Darwin Lecture Theatre, UCLAN

Title: Black holes and spin offs

Speaker:  Katherine Blundell , Professor of Astrophysics, University of Oxford

Abstract: The popular notion of a black hole “sucking in everything” from its surroundings only happens very close to a black hole. Far away, the pull of the black hole is identical to that of anything else of the same mass. However, black holes do give rise to many remarkable phenomena such as extragalactic quasars and, in our own Galaxy, microquasars. This is because gravity is not the only law of physics that must be obeyed. Matter can be spun off from near black holes in the form of winds and jets that spread through their surroundings and thus cause black holes to have tremendous cosmic influence many light years beyond their event horizons. I will describe various approaches that I employ to investigate these phenomena, and their spin-offs.


Katherine Blundell is a Professor of Astrophysics at the University of Oxford and a Research Fellow at St John’s College.
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Past Events

Discover the wonders of space with this series of public lectures on astronomy to celebrate UCLAN’s 190th Anniversary.

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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Lancashire Science Festival – June 2018

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Institute of Physics (IOP) Lecture

Solar energy, past present and future
Dr Jon Major (Liverpool)

Date: 16th  May 2018,  18:00 – 19:30

Location: Foster Building Lecture Theatre 2, University of Central Lancashire, Preston, Lancashire, PR1 2HE
Solar energy based on a silicon solar cell was first pioneered in the 1950’s. In the intervening decades the technology has evolved into numerous types of different solar cells based on a myriad of different materials. Despite this Silicon solar cells still represent around 95% of worldwide solar modules sold despite key inherent limitations. This talk will look at the key considerations for the design of photovoltaic panels, what are the current alternatives to Silicon, what are the strengths and weaknesses of the various technologies, what will the future hold for solar energy and can it ever truly compete with fossil fuels.

Talk begins at 6:30pm, refreshments from 6:00pm.

Organised by: IOP Lancashire and Cumbria Branch
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The Jeremiah Horrocks Spring Lecture

Comets, Asteroids and Impacts. Should we worry and what can we do?

Dr Robin Catchopole (Institute of Astronomy, Cambridge)

Date: Tuesday 15th May 2018 – 6:30 pm

Location: Darwin Lecture Theatre, University of Central Lancashire

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IOP lancashire lectures

Wednesday 17th January 2018 (6:30pm-FBLT2)

The European Extremely Large Telescope

Prof Isobel Hook (Lancaster)

The Extremely Large Telescope (ELT) is a future ground-based optical and infrared telescope, which is being designed and built by the European Southern Observatory. With a primary mirror diameter of 39m, it will be the largest optical-infrared telescope in the world when it enters operation in the middle of the next decade. Construction work is underway at the telescope site in Chile. In this talk, I will discuss some highlights from the science case for the ELT, which ranges from studies of exo-planets to the most distant galaxies and cosmology. I will also describe the telescope design and plans for the instrumentation suite. Finally, I will discuss the current status of the project.

Talk begins at 6:30pm, refreshments from 6:00pm. More info here.